I’m sitting here thinking about what to write and it just hit me that I made this same kind of post a couple of years ago when I sold thebitbag.com. When I left thebitbag, I was tired of the site and things were going on in real life that required more attention. I was happy to sell it and move on. This time however, I’m actually retiring from this business. I could go on and on about why I’m done with video game journalism, but I don’t want to bore you as you’ve heard it all before. In a nutshell, there’s no clear way to make a living in this business. It’s always a struggle and will always be a struggle. It’s fun, but my passion for reporting on video games is completely gone. I LOVE playing games and will always love playing them. At this point in time it is not fun to report on them.
We’ve had a great 2 year run. Some of the best reporting that was done in the history of my career was done with the STFUandPlay crew. They were all firing on all cylinders. I can’t thank them enough. I told Tony and Jon 2 years ago that if I didn’t see STFUandPlay grow, that I would end it after 2 years. Some of you may say that I’m quitting on you or the fact that it isn’t growing is partly my fault. The one thing you don’t understand is that without money, we all have to work day jobs to put food on the table. When you come home after a 9 hour day of bullshit, the last thing you want to do is talk about some new DLC that was announced or do a 4hr podcast. I told Tony the other day that the ONLY way I would ever do this again is if I was a millionaire. I could pay everyone a salary, open an office and I’d have the money to be a super criminal and take over the gaming world.
I’ve found over the last couple of years that my true passion lies in film and photography. I’m still doing Dragon*Con just for the cosplay photography opportunities. I’m hoping to start doing more films in the near future too. The difference between working on film and working in the game industry, is that I could work 20hrs straight on a film in a single day without pay and wouldn’t care. I’ve been telling myself over and over again, “Do what you want to do! Have fun!”
I still love radio/podcasting. Even my favorite show, The Morning Gamer, started to become bland for me because I was running out of things to talk about. Having Jon Shaw on the show as a guest was a breath of fresh air. I decided that in order for the show to work, I needed to contact some really big people in the industry and have them as guest too!. No one responded to my requests. I know deep down if I was at IGN that wouldn’t have been an issue and this brings me back to the reality of why I can’t stand this industry. Once in awhile I still get the urge to do a Morning Gamer or Rantasaurus. I might still do them on occasion as I get a hair across my ass, but I can’t make any promises.
Another thing that came to mind during this whole process is the fact that I don’t really like running things anymore. There were many times where I was like, “I wish I could just be a contributor to another site and post my shit there.” However, I still felt l had a responsibility to our fans. I mean, I built the theater so I need to show something on the screen right?
I had big plans for the site. I was finally going to give it that overhaul it needed that everyone was asking for. The E3 site was a test run of what we could do with a person on design and another person doing the coding. It worked! I had a huge meeting with the staff and told them I wanted a minimum of 2 posts a week from everyone or they have to leave. It was really hard for me to tell them that but I made promises of game cards to at least soften the blow. As I started to plan the 2.0 version of the site in my head, life just happened. My passion got sucked away. Things frustrated me. I hated the industry as a whole more and more. I took a much needed real break off of twitter and just sat back and watched. Then one day I decided to pull the plug. I told everyone I was done and as of Sept 1st, stfuandplay.com will just be an archive.
There’s good news! I’ve heard that 2 of our members are headed over to koalition.com. I couldn’t be more happy. It makes it easier for me to ride off into the sunset. I’ll still be around. I started a food blog and have begun cataloging…food. I’m taking pictures and writing stories and going back to wordpress to start a really fun project about the joys of eating good food. There are several places where you can find me:
I’d like to thank EVERYONE that was involved with this community. Thanks to Jon Shaw, Tawanna Sharpe, Tony Polanco, Brian Montague, Michael Crawford, Matt Jones, Anthony Canepa, Zack and Camile Warren, 11000wattz, Andrea Rene, Emilio Lopez, Freddy Vasquez, SocialGamer, Fonzy, Stephen Heller, rabbidt, Daniel Lawson, Kelz, Jagon, OOGFunk, Leveled, ElricRepps, Jeezy, VenomousFatman, Eric Mudd, Michelle Osorio, Brett and Raychul, Chris, Ahsanisaparrot, Hayabusa, Stever Palermous Steam Santa Claus, WeaponX and every single fan that supported us…except MikeMadden. Seriously, fuck that guy!
So yeah, I’ll still be around doing stuff if you feel like following me or whatever. Maybe I’ll syndicate some more Rantasaurus and Morning Gamers if I feel like it. Today though, I’m officially retired from game journalism. Here’s to 19 years of hard work!
Delays seem to be a huge thing this generation. I guess with new consoles that are very powerful, more time is needed for devs to realize their dreams. Witcher 3 has now been officially pushed back to May 19th, 2015 according to a post on CD Projekt Red’s website:
Ever since we started working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we knew it would be an ambitious game. We wanted, and still aim, to give you an incredible experience, an epic adventure in a vast, completely open fantasy universe.
The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly.
With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.
We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.
Thank you for the all support you show us on a daily basis. We truly do appreciate it. It has fueled us in our passion since the start and will continue to do so.
The Board of CD PROJEKT SA
Street Fighter V has finally been announced for PS4 and PC. Here is the teaser trailer for the game. It was pulled from Youtube but Dailymotion quickly got it posted on their site. I think this announcement was supposed to happen at PSX. ENJOY!
And here it is folks, the launch trailer for Destiny: The Dark Below. This DLC will give us new light levels and gear, new multiplayer maps, new Strikes and a new Raid. Is it worth the $20 though? Check out the trailer below and post your comments.
So today Elgato announced its new device the Elgato Game Capture HD60. This device is for those gamers that want to expand on game recording. Yes we have new consoles that let you capture footage and stream to twitch, but with limitations. With Elgato Game Capture HD60 you will have the ability to greatly expand those limitations and increase your creativity and production. The Elgato Game Capture HD60 is an upgrade to an already great device the Game Capture HD. Some of the features that have been added with this new device are the following:
• 1080p 60fps- You now can capture full 1080p at 60fps in H.264 format for easy file management on PC or Mac.
• Flash Back Recording- with this feature you don’t have to worry about hitting PS record buttons or saying Xbox record that and hoping you got the footage you want. Just slide back to where you want to start recording and hit record. No longer will you miss out on footage as long as your Elgato is hooked up.
• Built In Live Stream Command- Easily stream to your favorite streaming service as well as taking command of the whole process straight from Elgato Software. You can add webcam, overlays, as well as voice for live commentary. (I think this eliminates the need for third party programs like xsplit).
• Simultaneous Live Streaming and High Quality Capture- You will now be able to record and stream gameplay simultaneously. So you no longer have to choose which you want to do, or have to dl archives on twitch for editing.
Elgato Game Capture HD60 will be available for $179.99 on August 15.
Check Below for pics.
This is Jon Shaw and I am here to let you know I will be selling my Canon 60d with 18-135mm,50mm, and 28mm on Amazon. The camera is in like new condition and comes with instruction manual, strap,software, and warranty cards. The 60d still has original box the lenses do not. The links and images for each are posted below. Let me know if you have any questions.
Behold Diana Prince (AKA Wonder Woman) in her full glory.
Yup, at the Batman vs Superman panel Wonder Woman’s Movie costume was also revealed. Looks cool but we shall see what the film is like when it comes out May 6, 2016.
When I first of a Need for Speed movie in the works, I was befuddled. First of of all Need for Speed games, bar a handful, have never had a story. So fact the people were making a movie based on a games series with no story was plain stupid. However it did give them room to create a good story, just a shame they didn’t.
Before I continue I must state that I am huge Need for Speed fan. I’ve played every single one apart from Shift 2 and The Run and I would happily defend the standing of the franchise until the end of the earth. Well apart from the most recent ones *shudders at Rivals*. So do tke this review with a 1kg bag of salt.
So…the story, you might want to turn off your brain for this one. Essentially Need for Speed is a revenge movie about a mechanic who was framed for crime he didn’t commit…obviously. You might be thinking, “Hey Brian, that doesn’t sound half bad”. But wait…there’s more. The person who framed him was a former childhood friend who made it big time and stole his girlfriend. Pretty dumb huh? But wait…there’s still more. The crime is so over the top that you won’t even believe how they managed to to get away with. But things get even stupider but I’m going to leave you wondering how the bad guy gets busted. It’s so stupid, that it’ll make you want to punch someone.
I have to move on before I have an aneurysm. After main character gets released from prison he enters a high profile street race to win the prize so that he can…erm…well…I don’t know. He enters it with no clear goal but ends up having to take revenge. Yeah the story makes that little sense. To make matters even worse the prize become a cruel joke at the end. The race is a 6-man pink slip or winner-takes-all for those who don’t speak car however all but one of them get totalled.
The stupidity extends beyond the plot to the supporting characters. There’s the female passenger who’s also interested in cars. Purely because the executives have to tick a box, a love story develops. By developed I mean forced like a oil rig drill into the earths crust. The main bad guy who’d be less of a cartoon if he was tying women to trains while twirling his moustache. He’d also be less of an asshole if he passes his time by putting kittens and puppies into a sack and throwing them down Niagra falls.
Then there’s mechanics crew whose job it is to support him and they do a decent enough job and we see how each has their own set of skills. However there’s one who stands out for all the wrong reasons and he just so happens to be black. Now I’m all for diversity of characters in entertainment but if the sole purpose of a character is live up to all the stereotypes then I’m not for that. This guy stops short of being as irritating as one of the twins from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, yeah those guys.
Now with all the asinine stuff out of the way, I can finally talk about the stuff I actually enjoyed. I have to hand to the production teams, they knew how to use the Need for Speed license. Towards the ends of movie I able recognise the various locales they visited like the coastal region, the forest region and the desert region. They also had the courage to have some of the most expensive cars in world, they had a Veyron, an Agera and even McLaren P1. That’s almost $4 million worth of cars in those three alone. To make even better we get to see them total. That’s right the actual car’s were crashed, well shells of the cars and little to no CGI was used. In an age of supercomputers I appreciate the use of practical effects, I’m looking at you Fast and Furious 6. I also appreciated how they used a similar art style when showing the race as is the games.
All in all Need for Speed is not an absolutely terrible movie. Yes the plot is ridiculous when it does exist, the characters are cliched, the love story is forced a like Jedi and most things generally make no sense. The main issue is the tone, it jumps around more than mexican jumping bean and at times I laughed at the situations. However they did put int the effort to research the source material. I urge anyone to play the remake of Hot Pursuit and not be impressed.
I can only recommend Need for Speed to all those who enjoy fast cars on screen as only they will take away anything of decent. The rest of the people should only watch when they are looking for video game movie which isn’t Owe Boll bad.
After months of teasers we finally get to see the new Bat Suit in it’s full glory at San Diego Comic-Con.
At the Batman vs Superman panel it was revealed during a teaser trailer that Batman will also wear his Bat Armor from Dark Knight Returns at some point in the film.
Hopefully the film will be good. The things we are seeing seem to show a lot of promise, however cool visuals don’t make a good film.
Tekken 7 ▪ Namco Bandai ▪ No Platforms Announced
Release Date Has Yet to Be Revealed
Tekken 7 was revealed via an IGN video featuring Executive Producer Katsuhiro Harada. According to reports, the title is to be announced tonight, possibly during EVO 2014. The video confirms that Tekken 7 is being built on Unreal Engine 4 . AOL had published the video earlier today, but was yanked earlier today. Thanks to AGB, they were able to save the video, which you can see below.
Tekken 7 — 42”
[UPDATE]: The Announcement Trailer has been added below.Tekken 7 | Announcement Trailer — 1’17”
NetherRealm Studios provided an update regarding it’s highly anticipated title, Mortal Kombat X, by showing off a trailer of the iconic character, Raiden, during EVO 2014 this weekend. Watch Raiden’s new move sets below.Mortal Kombat X | Raiden Trailer — 2’37”
NIS America has released a new trailer of their hardcore strategy title, Natural Doctrine, showing off new gameplay features.Natural Doctrine | Second English Trailer — 2’12”
Integrating a perfect dose of adventure gameplay into a first-person shooter game, The Farm 51, a talented independent video game developer, announced that Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis, is coming to PlayStation 3 this summer.Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis | Trailer (PS3)— 2’03”
It’s an action-packed journey played out on a great scale as Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis puts you into the boots of James Lee Quatermain, the world’s premier treasure hunter with a knack for adventurer . . . and trouble!. Head off into remote and inaccessible regions of the world in your quest to find lost riches and perhaps even rescue a damsel or two in distress from the clutches of enemies both earthly and not-so-earthly. As the story unfolds, Quatermain finds himself enmeshed in a treasure hunt across the globe. From the stormy deserts of Egypt to the icy depths of the Arctic and all the way to the steaming jungles of Guatemala, our hero struggles to retrieve an ancient and cherished artifact - The Heart of Atlantis!
A new experience for PlayStation 3 owners, Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis features a unique adventure dynamic with a scintillating storyline full of puzzles and variety of missions sure to satisfy even the most demanding fans of adventure games. Following the successful release of its predecessors, the PlayStation 3 version includes tons of new and exclusive content and significant gameplay improvements:
• Fully upgraded gameplay and graphics
• New location and secrets to explore
• Exclusive Survival/Co-op DLC mode with two additional maps for PS3 owners
• New boss fights
• New cut-scenes and improved visuals of original ones
• Improved leveling system
• Completely new notepad system
• New flashlight burst attack
• And much more!
EA x BioWare has released a new video part of the Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay series. Watch as Creative Director Mike Laidlaw walks us through a rescue mission and confronts a dangerous adversary in Redcliffe Castle.Dragon Age: Inquisition | Redcliffe Castle Gameplay — 14’17”
I’ve been sat here thinking of a good opening paragraph for this preview for quite some time now. I’ve gone back and forth between talking about my experience with the game and the philosophy behind what a game is. Ultimately I settled on breaking the fourth wall. That way I could reach the end of the opening paragraph and leave you with questions yet to answered. Much like my experience with Cloud Chamber.
Cloud Chamber is unlike any other game I’ve played before. At it’s core it’s a mystery game where you try to figure out what happened to group a people who were investigating a mysterious signal. There’s also side stories involving the main characters mother and the institution she works for.
The main difference between Cloud Chamber and every other game I can think of is its gameplay. How it works is that the overall story has been fragmented into various found footage videos, photos, letters and transcripts. These fragments are scattered throughout a virtual landscape. The ones which are more relevant to ‘the signal’ are presented at higher locations. You traverse between the fragments to gain an understanding of what happened. Even though it seems simplistic, I found it very entertaining.
There is also a social aspect which is all about discussing the various fragments. It mirrors almost every comments section on the internet, so the familiarity was nice. It’s in these discussion boards people talk about the fragment presented. I often found myself reading the discussions before ingesting the fragments, so I had some events to look out for. However some people seemed to be discussing events which weren’t really relevant, like a man passing swiftly past characters. It felt foreign having discussions with people on the internet without wanting to drop-kick a couple of them.
Now this is the part of the review where I’d usually give a brief round-up of my feeling towards the game but I can’t do that this time. That’s because I haven’t technically finished Cloud Chamber but I have reached the end. Now to all those confused let me clarify. I have reached the end of the trail in Cloud Chamber however I haven’t reached a solid conclusion as to what exactly happened in all the stories. Maybe I will reach one after my 3rd or 4th go round along with interacting with other people.
Cloud Chamber will be available on Steam in July
Game trailers this week;
►Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
►Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
►Trials of Ascension
►Hand of Fate
►Guild Wars 2
►King’s Bounty: Dark Side
►Halo: The Master Cheif Collection
Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Games Featured in this Episode
“Project Spark Starter Pack,” the Xbox One retail version of the game that has put the powers of creation and play in the hands of gamers, will arrive in stores on October 7 in the Americas, October 9 in Asia-Pacific countries and October 10 in Europe.
The retail package will deliver an incredible collection of premium content for $39.99, including the first sci-fi pack “Galaxies: First Contact,” the warrior champion Sir Haakon “Hawk” the Knight, “Champions Quest: Void Storm,” the first episode of an epic campaign adventure, and more. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” will provide immediate access to some of the best paid content, features and add-ons in a single package. All of the content included in the disc version will also be available digitally for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on launch day.
Titanfall ‘Frontier’s Edge’ DLC Announced!
Today, Respawn Entertainment announced Titanfall Frontier’s Edge, the next DLC pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person shooter Titanfall. Pushing the battle to the furthest reaches of the universe, Titanfall Frontier’s Edge introduces three exciting new maps including the isolated mining outpost of Dig Site, the exclusive beach resort of Haven and the mining hub on the side of a mountain known as Export.
Titanfall Frontier’s Edge is the second of three planned content packs with each pack available for $9.99 / £7.99. Gamers who are looking for the ultimate value can purchase the Titanfall Season Pass, which offers all three content packs for a one-time purchase of $24.99 / £19.99 as soon as they become available. The Titanfall Season Pass can be purchased for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and on Origin for PC.
Cliff Bleszinski working with Nexon free-to-play sci-fi PC arena shooter!
And no, there won't be a fake CG trailer showing "Gameplay" because that's not how @bosskey does it.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) July 8, 2014
Gamestop to get involved with early game development for exclusive content!
GameStop has made big bucks over the years by promising to deliver exclusive content if you preorder games at its store. Now, it is devising a plan to get even cozier with developers and publishers to help it nab bigger, better, and more important exclusives in the future.
The retailer recently sat down with investment company R.W. Baird to talk about the games industry’s present and future, and Baird analyst Colin Sebastian revealed that the brick-and-mortar chain wants to find ways to give customers more value when they preorder games. GameStop often offers special items and downloadable content when customers reserve big-name releases like Watch Dogs or Call of Duty, and that’s one of the reasons (along with its trade-in and rewards programs) that are helping it gain record market share for software sales on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In an effort to deliver more attractive exclusives in the future, the company has confirmed to GamesBeat that it is looking to get involved early in the development process of big games — something it does not do now.
“[GamesStop] indicated that software publishers are more enthusiastic about partnering with it,” Sebastian wrote in his note to investors. “For example, by offering exclusive content on each major game release, and longer term, future models may include GameStop offering exclusive gameplay.”
We reached out to Sebastian for clarification on that, and he explained that GameStop is thinking about “getting involved at the time of game development where there could be some content exclusive to [the retailer] included in the game.”
We also reached out to GameStop and asked if it is trying to get involved earlier in a game’s development to secure better and more important exclusives for its preorder customers. GameStop said that is “accurate.”
“We are working with our [development] partners to build in a longer lead time,” GameStop public-relations spokesperson Jackie Smith told GamesBeat. “And we are working with them to get both physical and digital exclusives for our customers.”
What kind of physical and digital exclusives? GameStop doesn’t know yet because it is only just starting to implement this strategy, but it’s clear that it wants more than what it is getting now. If it has intimate knowledge of a game still in development, that may give it more leverage to negotiate better exclusives.
And while some gamers might not love the idea of GameStop getting involved in the development of upcoming releases, it makes sense financially for both the retailer and publishers.
Battleborn Trailer (PS4/Xbox One)!
Is Beyond: Two Souls getting the TLOU: Remastered treatment for PS4?!
More evidence has surfaced suggesting Sony is bringing Beyond: Two Souls to PS4.
Driveclub | Media Blowout!
DRIVECLUB PS4 hardware bundle unveiled | There will be an official PS4 bundle for DRIVECLUB in Europe when the game launches later this year. It will have an RRP of €439.99
Lost Dimension ‘Vision & Judge’ Gameplay Video!
Xbox One | Microsoft Talks Cloud Game Streaming Potential!
Microsoft has hinted at the potential that lies in the marriage between cloud technology and game streaming, but will they announce a PS Now equivalent?
Zelda Hyrule Warriors | Midna Trailer!
Sunset Overdrive | Opening Cinematic!
We are officially over the halfway point in our journey through 2014. What better that to celebrate than with a metric shit ton of trailers. This week there’s military sims, zombies, wrestling, gods, RPGs, football, cars, bosses, twins, happiness, love fishing and little red hiding hood.
Game trailers this week;
►Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
►Jagged Alliance Flashback
►Over 9000 Zombies
►Dovetail Games Fishing
►Divinity: Original Sin
►Escape Dead Island
►The Red Solstice
Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Games Featured in this Episode
►Grand Theft Auto V
►Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
►Atelier Rorona Plus
►Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Shadow
►Civilization: Beyond Earth
►Forza Horizon 2
►The Wolf Among Us
►Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd
►Naruto Storm Revolution
►Far Cry 4
Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto” video games. The actress says the latest installment used her image and created a character based on her without her permission.
Lohan’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a Manhattan court. “Grand Theft Auto V” game maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and subsidiary Rockstar Games declined to comment.
“Grand Theft Auto V” was released in September. Sales topped $800 million on its first day.
Lohan’s suit says a character named Lacey Jonas is an “unequivocal” reference to the “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” star.
The suit says Lohan’s image, voice and styles from her clothing line are depicted. It says the game features West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont hotel, where Lohan once lived.
The character also seeks help skirting paparazzi.
Murdered: Soul Suspect dev Airtight Games Shuts Down!
Airtight Games closes, just weeks after debut of new game
Airtight Games has quietly closed its Redmond headquarters, bringing an apparent end to its 10-year run as an independent video-game development shop less than a month after the debut of its newest title for PCs and consoles.
Company executives haven’t yet responded to requests for comment about the closure, but Airtight’s former office space in Redmond has been shuttered, and its office equipment was being sold off at heavy discounts when GeekWire visited this morning, with a sign outside saying the company is closing its doors.
A small collection of Airtight’s past awards from the E3 video game convention sat on an empty desk, amid a sea of unused monitors and computer equipment.
Ubisoft Quebec Leading Development on New Assassin’s Creed!
Just like the game itself, which has been set in various locations around the globe, Assassin’s Creed’s development is now expanding into a new region. This time, however, it’s the location of the lead developer that’s changing: Today, Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Quebec will be taking the lead on the development of a future Assassin’s Creed. (Previous Assassin’s Creeds have been lead by Ubisoft Montreal in partnership with multiple Ubisoft studios, including Quebec.)
It’s all part of a major investment in the Quebec City studio, which includes a significant increase in the number of staff along with all-new facilities in Quebec’s St-Roch district, a burgeoning high-tech corridor in the historic Canadian city. Also announced today: Ubisoft Quebec will be allocating $4 million of a previously announced $28 million investment in a new workspace at 585 Boulevard Charest Est, of which the first three floors will become a state-of-the-art studio completely redesigned to support triple-A game development. This investment is bolstered by the city of Quebec, which will contribute $500,000 in financial support to help update the studio and its facilities. (Note: all amounts are in Canadian dollars.)
In the Brotherhood
Of course, Ubisoft Quebec is no stranger to Assassin’s Creed. They’ve been part of the Ubisoft’s brotherhood of developers since, well… Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. “Since 2010, our understanding of the franchise has increased each year,” says Nicolas Rioux, Managing Director of Ubisoft Quebec. “We were involved in Brotherhood. We were involved in Revelations. We were involved in Assassin’s Creed III. With AC III we were working on the biggest DLC for the franchise – The Tyranny of King Washington. After that we were also involved with Freedom Cry. We have the confidence of the brand team and also from Ubisoft to take leadership of an upcoming Assassin’s Creed title. The team is ready for the next big step.”
Naturally, this takes people. Ubisoft announced in January that Quebec would expand its talent pool by around 100 new staff in the next three years. So far, Quebec has hired more than half of their goal, bringing the total team up to 350 people. And, yes, some of them are already at work on a future Assassins Creed right now.
While no other details about this upcoming Assassin’s Creed are forthcoming (and believe us, we tried to pry some free), Rioux was happy to share some of what makes Ubisoft Quebec special. Along with the aforementioned work, the studio also played a key role in developing the companion gaming for Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed. “One of the main missions of our studio is to be a leader in creating a universe – connected and mobile,” Rioux says. “Beyond that, it’s to be able to connect to our universe wherever you want, with whatever device you want, and at any time you want.”
Rioux also compares the growth of Quebec to the rise of Montreal. “If you look back at the Montreal studio, you’ll see the same story,” says Rioux, who worked at Ubisoft Montreal from 1997 to 2005, before heading to Quebec. “We started from scratch with several employees. We started with the same strategy: to have employees with different kinds of experience. We’re taking it step-by-step so we can reach our goals. I was in Montreal in the beginning, too. It was the same story. We started to work on some projects, and each year we were building confidence in ourselves while working toward delivering bigger and bigger projects.”
That said, going from a supporting studio to a leading studio will bring about new challenges, but Rioux is confident that the team is ready. “You’re in charge of everything,” he says. “You’re also in charge of making sure you have a good collaboration with the other studios. It’s a team effort between studios, but when you have the responsibilities of leadership, there’s also more pressure. It’s good pressure.”
If you’re interested in joining Ubisoft Quebec, now’s a great time. The studio is committed to being in St-Roch for the next 14 years (at the very least), having signed a dozen-year lease that begins when the new location is completed in 2016. And they’re recruiting in earnest, for positions that include level designers, game designers, character artists, audio designers, animators, technical directors, testers and more. Check out all the current job openings at Ubisoft Quebec Jobs here: quebec.ubisoft.com/career
“We plan to be at 425 people before the end of 2017,” Rioux says. And with the growth in both the studio and its location – an area that’s “bursting with creativity,” according to Rioux – Ubisoft Quebec is on track to build, to flourish and to be an even bigger part of Ubisoft’s global development team.
Blizzard’s Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo Leaves After 17 Years
Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.
After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.
Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today’s standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment.
Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It’s for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is “Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment.”
I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Shadow | Naoto & Kanji Trailers
Here is the Schedule for QuakeCon 2014!
Thursday, July 17th
The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament: 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda
Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews: 12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth
The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament - 1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth
Annual QuakeCon Welcome & Attendee Exclusive DOOM Reveal - 6:00pm | QuakeCon Attendee Exclusive | Ventrilo Main Stage
Friday, July 18th
The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament - 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda
Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews - 12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth
The Bonus Round with Geoff Keighley - 1:30pm – 2:30pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda
The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament - 1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth
The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online - 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage
Friday Night Magic Tournament and 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set Release Party - 7:00pm – 11.30pm | Table Top Village
Master Pancake - 9:000pm – 11:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage
Saturday, July 19th
PC Perspective Hardware Workshop - 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Ventrilo Main Stage
The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament - 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth
Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews - 12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth
The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Championship - 1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth
Ticket to Ride Tournament - 2:00pm | Table Top Village
Designing the Perfect Game - 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage
Tournament Finals Party - 8:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage
QuakeCon 2014 takes place July 17-20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Will Kinect have an involvement?
Yeah, absolutely. We’re still really excited about including Kinect. It offers opportunities we wouldn’t normally otherwise have. We don’t currently have it plugged in to demonstrate today, but Kinect will be involved with a feature called ANNA. She is your digital personal assistant and navigation in the game. She is also very intelligent and will suggest things to do in the game and give you a recap when you return to the games. She will also alert you when friends are online.
Participants must: have a PC that can run the game, have a working Steam Account, be able to support a large coordinated user test on the game, and be located in mainland North America.
All prospective participants must be willing to adhere to a strict Game Demo Participant Agreement in this survey and not discuss or disclose anything about the test.
Each participant that is selected will be contacted with further information. We’re hoping to have the participant list confirmed by July 5th, so we appreciate you acting as quickly as possible.
Finally, please sign-up on the PC you plan on using for the test and provide details of your hardware setup in the survey.
Today we would like to share the full trailer and release dates for ‘Cry Wolf,’ the season finale of the critically-acclaimed series ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The fifth episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ ‘Cry Wolf,’ will be available starting Tuesday July 8th on PC/Mac as part of a season pass for $24.99 USD on the Telltale Online Store, Steam and other digital distribution services; and on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 in North America individually for $4.99 USD, or as part of a season pass which includes access to all five episodes.
On Wednesday July 9th, the episode will be available on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 in Europe and on Xbox 360 via the Xbox Games Store worldwide for $4.99 USD or equivalent, or as part of a season pass upgrade.
For iOS (iPhone and iPad), the episode will be available starting Thursday July 10th as an in-app purchase individually for $4.99 USD, or as part of the episodes 2-5 multi-pack for $14.99. Stay tuned to @telltalegames on Twitter for details on release dates for additional platforms as soon as they become available.
Following a bloody trail of murder and corruption, Bigby Wolf confronts a powerful enemy: a dark force that has been feeding on the desperation of Fabletown’s seedy underbelly. But when hidden truths are revealed, you must decide exactly what justice means in the gripping season finale of ‘The Wolf Among Us.’
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd has English lyric translations
Sony Defends Against Claims That PS4 Lacks Exclusives This Holiday!
So does the lack of AAA games hamper the PlayStation 4′s growth? Sony’s Jim Ryan does not think so. “Not at all. We have The Last of Us: Remastered this summer, and Destiny in early September and then everything will accelerate with FIFA, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, DriveClub … and the list goes on, there is no reason to worry,” he said in an interview with GameKult.
“I forgot to mention LittleBigPlanet 3, inFamous First Light, SingStar … Moreover, much of the games from third-party publishers come with exclusive content and access, so I am not worried.”
MOST WANTED FEATURES! | Battlefield: Hardline News
Report: Crytek UK Staff Working on Homefront: The Revolution No Longer Coming to Work, Fate of the Game Unknown
According to the post, four people connected to Crytek UK, the studio behind Homefront: The Revolution, they still have not been paid their full salaries. In addition to that, two sources have claimed that staff at the studio have filed formal grievances and went home.
The Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution demo for PS3 has been delayed from this week. We'll have more info soon - Thanks for your patience!— Bandai Namco Games (@BandaiNamcoUS) July 1, 2014
Miyamoto: Abundance of Shooters at E3 2014 is a “Revelation of Creative Immaturity”!
This is something I mentioned earlier today (during my remarks on E3) but to some, it might have seemed as though there wasn’t a wide variety of software at E3, and as though many people followed the same direction to make their video games. I believe this is a revelation of creative immaturity on our part as creators in the video game industry
Today, Ubisoft unveiled more details about the Season Pass for Trials Fusion, the popular platform racer from RedLynx. Trials Fusion downloadable content will start rolling out to players on July 29 with the first of six packs, Riders of the Rustlands. Each pack is available for purchase on its own for $4.99 or all six pieces can be purchased as part of the Trials Fusion Season Pass. Additionally, Season Pass purchasers will also receive the Crater Hazmat Suit, a piece of exclusive rider gear.
In Riders of the Rustlands players will venture beyond the gleaming cities of Trials Fusion to race through abandoned industrial wastelands, discovering forgotten places where the lack of law & order makes this a dog eat dog world.
Riders of the Rustlands includes 10 new tracks, 18 new track challenges, five new trophies and dozens of new Track Editor objects, including wrecked vehicles and the warehouses featured in the Rustlands.
The second piece of downloadable content, also coming this summer, will continue players’ journeys outside of the Trials Fusion realm to compete and explore floating islands in Empire of the Sky. Future content packs will also include new tracks, new bike parts, rider gear, new items for the track editor and each piece of content will let players experience a new Career Mode Event.
Trials Fusion will continue to receive free updates throughout the year that will introduce new features for the game. The recently introduced Tournaments feature is ongoing so players can still participate and battle for a top slot on the leaderboards. Riders of the Rustlands tracks will be included in select Tournaments, as will upcoming DLC tracks as they are released.
Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Games. today proudly announced a worldwide distribution agreement with Slightly Mad Studios on Project CARS, coming on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC starting November 2014.Project CARS | Welcome to Project CARS Trailer — 1’40”
Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.
Crowd-funded by a passionate community that has been involved in the development process throughout to create their ultimate racing experience, Project CARS allows you to create a driver, pick from a huge variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and ultimate recognition in the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events – sometimes for real-world prizes.Project CARS | Ultimate Driver Journey Trailer— 1’43”
Featuring the largest track roster of any recent racing game with a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, world-class graphics and handling, deep tuning & pit stop functionality, and support for Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.
For more details on Project CARS, please visit projectcarsgame.com.
Microsoft x Insomniac Games unveiled the first look at Sunset Overdrive’s co-op multiplayer at E3 and today have released an action-packed video which provides more details on the experience.
Sunset Overdrive | Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer [Co-op] — 2’59”
• Choose Your Chaos Wisely – The amount of Chaos is what determines the difficulty of your team’s final Night Defense. The higher your Chaos– the tougher your Night Defense is going to be, but you’ll get more chances to receive cool rewards at the end. The amount of Chaos you have will depend on which missions you voted for leading up to Night Defense. Take a mission with a lot of chaos to increase difficulty and potential rewards? Or take a mission with a team boost to make the group more likely you succeed?
• Go straight from campaign to chaos-squad, in game – So, you’re leaping around Sunset City in single-player and your friend/acquaintance invites you to join her Chaos Squad. You drop off a grind rail, strut up to the nearest future photo booth, and enter. You’ll go straight into multiplayer with the same clothing, same amps, same everything as your character from the single-player campaign
• Vote on missions in the open-world – At the start, you and your rag-tag band are going to get two mission options to vote on. You conquer it, two new ones crop up. And they’ll have different objectives and be in separate locations from the first round. So, the result is that each Chaos Squad experience feels unique as you’re going through the open-world.After a few rounds of voting and slaying and Chaos or boost getting – it’s time for your team to face the main event: Night Defense.
• Night Defense – This is where you will fend off enemies and protect your vats of Overcharge at one of many forts across the city by not only using your weapons, traversal, and amps – but by placing traps, as well. Before each wave – you’ll have a bit of time to place your traps, but if you made a horrible calculation, you can move and place them during the waves, as well.
And then – the enemies attack. And what comes next is an assault of 8 players simultaneously jumping, shooting, grinding, and exploding nearly every damn thing in sight. Each wave brings an increasingly difficult and new variety of enemies to your door. And, remember, the more Chaos you gathered in the open-world missions – the harder it’s going to be.
• Rewards for your character you can take back to campaign! – But! Your reward output is based on your Chaos. So, if you manage to survive with a large amount of Chaos – you’re going to get way more chances at better rewards than the wuss teams who took team boosts instead of Chaos.
After revealing one of its trump cards; a downloadable demo with an online mode (2nd of July until 23rd of July); Bandai Namco Games continues its series of discloses by announcing:
• New playable characters
• An update for the Rivals & Samurai Edition
The Hidden Leaf Village in the country of Fire was created by two legendary ninjas who had their differences. Hashirama Senju (The God of Shinobi) also known as the first Hokage and Madara Uchiha (The strongest Uchiha and the man with the Mangekyo Sharingan) crossed swords and Jutsus during a deadly bout in the Valley of the End. Naruto Shippuden fans will be able to live this epic opposition once again (in the characters’ Reanimation versions) through the free battles in the upcoming Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution! Which Jutsu will win, The True Thousand Hands or the Complete Susano’o?!
Following these newly announced characters, Bandai Namco Games enhances its Rivals (Day 1) and Samurai (Collector’s) Editions. The newly revealed DVD “Sunny Side Battle”, featuring Itachi Uchiha as main protagonist, will be included for all Rivals and Samurai Editions! Along with this amazing add-on, Itachi Apron Costume for Sasuke’s elder brother will be redeemable as a DLC for free!
For all the eager fans out there, do not forget that a demo is available starting today on the PlayStation Network and on the Xbox Games Marketplace; it will feature an online mode from today until 23rd of July!
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution | Trailer #4 — 4’29”
Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Games Featured in this Episode
►Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
►The Order: 1886
►inFAMOUS: Second Son
►Little Red Riding Hood
►Mighty No. 9
►Styx: Master of Shadows
►One Piece: Unlimited World Red
►Far Cry 4
With a couple of weeks to think about it, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida believes while the company had “a lot of positive feedback” to their E3 conference, not everything was pitch perfect.
“We spent too much time talking.” “So we could have made [that] a bit shorter. So that was a mistake.”
Driveclub Will Take A bit Less than 30 GB of Your PS4′s Hard Disk; More info on Weather and Wheels!
Rustchynsky also confirmed that weather “most certainly” influences car handling, and shared that cars will have windscreen wipers, and they will be activated automatically when needed.
@FamiliarZulu Yes, every playthrough will have new Uruk Captains to face.— Shadow of Mordor (@middleearthgame) June 23, 2014
“It’s a story driven linear experience. There are some branches here and there and different ways to do things, but we’re trying to tell one story with one compelling ending,” Ready At Dawn’s Marc Turndorf told to GamingBolt.
Naruto Shippuden 1-Hour Special on September 11 with Revolution’s Mecha Naruto!
TV Tokyo, the television network which airs Naruto Shippuden in Japan, has also confirmed the Mecha Naruto special. It will air at 7 PM and run until 8 PM (Japanese Time). Normally Naruto Shippuden airs at 7:30 PM, which means this special will air in place of what could have been a manga-following 4th Ninja World War episode.[Source]
During an interview on IGN Fox mentioned that if people love First Light there’s the possibility of making more. That said, he also explained that Sucker Punch normally works only on one game at a time, probably meaning that once the studio will move to the next game they’ll stop working on Second Son DLC. [Source]
Cliff Bleszinski is ‘coming out of retirement’ to continue making games!
I'm officially coming out of retirement to make video games again. Stay tuned here for details in the next 7 days! #DontCallItAComeback— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 30, 2014
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are Going to Have a “great fight” this Holiday — EA!
“You need powerful companies like Sony and Microsoft to be battling out with each other because it drives investment in their platforms. It drives competition. You want to see Nintendo come back with the Wii U. All in all, it becomes healthy for gamers, for the environment. When you have a runaway winner, that actually has a reverse effect.” [Storch]
Freedom Wars English Story Trailer PS Vita
Buy Squids Odyssey on 3DS, Get It on Wii U Free | Is Nintendo Cross-Buy Coming?
Nintendo has not officially announced that the system is in the works, however upcoming strategy game Squids Odyssey will offer you a free copy of the game on Wii U, if you buy it on the 3DS. Albeit only through the European eShop, and you have to buy the 3DS version first.[Source]
Little Red Riding Hood indie game Woolfe playable at Gamescom in August
Mighty No. 9 | Work in Progress Gameplay Footage Ver 1.5!
Bungie says Destiny’s development cost nowhere near $500 million; Bungie Confirms New Location for Destiny Beta!
“We sat back, long before we even came to our partnership with Activision, thinking about, ‘We wanted to tell a story over ten years.’ We wanted each one of these things to have its own beginning, middle, and an end, but we really wanted to step back and we can do it. We’ve done it before; we did it with Halo but we didn’t plan it out.
Studio also confirms Peter Dinklage voiceover is not final [Source]
Doraemon creator 80th anniversary game announced for Wii U & 3DS!
This year’s TOOMANYGAMES Exhibit at the Greater Philadelphia Expo was a very cool blast from the past and well worth a visit from die hard gamers. Loads of games for sale that are completely hard to find, like the Leathal Weapon game, posted in the gallery, and lots of older systems too. No one there was complaining about frames per second or 1080p resolution, everyone there was a true gamer enjoying a leisurely day amongst peers. Seeing those old school games and dare I say artifacts, LOL, really brought back alot of memories from my childhood. Definitely a good saturday spent.
\Sniper Elite III | Gameplay Trailer — 4’58”
Bronze Trophies & Achievements
Get 30 kills from sniper nests
►An ode to Rube Goldberg
Get 20 chain reaction explosive kills
Find 50% of the war diaries
Play 10 competitive multiplayer matches
Hold your breath for an hour
►Crouching Tiger, Hidden Ratte
Complete Mission 6
►Definitely no “90-day wonder”
Attain a rank of Sergeant (level 11)
Complete Mission 7
Incapacitate 2 vehicles in Kasserine Pass within 5 seconds (Mission 6)
►Double the distance
Snipe enemies over a cumulative distance of a double marathon
►End of the ‘lein’
Find and kill the visiting General (Mission 3)
►Ghost of Tobruk
Clear the mountain pass without alerting the enemy (Mission 1)
►Hidden and dangerous
Complete a campaign mission without being seen (excluding Tobruk)
Earn 1 of every ribbon in competitive multiplayer
►I Fort this would be difficult
Get to the informant without being spotted (Mission 4)
►I Siwa you did there
Make the target officer’s death look like an accident (Mission 5)
►In the nick of time
Complete Mission 5
Complete a mission after losing over 500 units of health
►Long way down
Throw an enemy off one of the bridges (Mission 8)
►Make it go boom
Kill 20 enemies by shooting explosives
Complete Mission 4
Relocate 100 times
►Pest Control Specialist
Complete Mission 8
►Prepared for any eventuality
Create and save 4 loadouts
Distract 20 enemies with flint or rocks
Tag 100 enemies or vehicles
Complete all the challenge missions
►The Gazala Gallop
Complete Mission 1
►These are a few of my favourite things
Get a kill with each offensive item
►This is my rifle…
Customize 1 rifle
►Three birds, one stone
Destroy all 3 bomb dumps at the same time (Mission 7)
►Through the fire…
Complete Mission 3
►Through the looking glass
Kill 10 snipers before they see you
►Wait for it
Kill 10 enemies with flint-triggered detonations
►Well, well, well
Hide a body in each of the wells in Gaberoun (Mission 2)
Complete Mission 2
►You’ll try anything once
Play 1 mission in each mode (campaign, challenges, competitive multiplayer)
Silver Trophies & Achievements
►A shot in the dark
Complete all the long shots
Find all the war diaries
►Hard as nails
Complete the game on Sniper Elite difficulty
Find all the Sniper nests
►Nothing is optional
Complete all the optional objectives
Attain a rank of Second Lieutenant (level 31)
Complete the game on Marksman difficulty
►Sniping with friends
Complete the campaign in co-op
Find all the collectible cards
►Time to reload
Complete the game on Cadet difficulty
Gold & Platinum Trophies & Achievements
Complete 100% of the campaign on any difficulty
Complete the game on Authentic difficulty
Win all other trophies to take your place as the world’s greatest sniper
Secret Trophy & Achievement | 1 Hidden — Invisible Below!
Get a testicle-shot from over 100m away
EA Sports UFC Gameplay — 6’
Bronze Trophies & Achievements
Fight for a title in Career
►Ahead of the Class
Earn an early promotion in Championships
►Begin With the End in Mind
Earn the first ability of your Career
Win your first career fight
►Friends or Foes?
Complete a Rivalry
►In the Spotlight
Upload a Highlight Reel to FighterNet
Survive a stun state
►The Big Time
Fight on the main card of a UFC event in Career
►To the Top!
Earn a promotion in Online Championships
Win The Ultimate Fighter in Career
Silver Trophies & Achievements
►A False Sense of Security
Finish an opponent in the last 10 seconds of the last round
►Do an AMA!
Gain 50,000 fans in Career
►Fight of the Night
Win a Fight of the Night bonus in Career
►I’ll Stand, Thanks
Stuff five or more takedowns in a single fight
Recover from a stun state and finish your opponent in the same round.
KO an opponent via cage kick
►Knockout of the Night
Win a Performance of the Night by Knockout
Finish an entire Championships Season by knocking out every opponent.
►Making Your Mark
Win 5 Career fights in a row
►Stand and Bang
Finish an opponent without ever going to the ground or blocking
►Submission of the Night
Win a Performance of the Night by Submission
Finish an entire Championships Season by submitting every opponent.
►The Arm That Feeds
Submit opponent in the first round via Armbar
►The Art of Eight Limbs
Land a left and right punch, kick, knee, and elbow in the same round.
Complete Career with a win rate above 85%
►To the Wire
Avoid relegation on the 10th fight of a Championships season
►Top of the Mountain
Win a UFC title in Career
►You Earned It
Earn promotion on the 10th fight of a Championships season
►You Got Somewhere to Be?
Finish a fight in the first 60 seconds.
Gold & Platinum Trophies & Achievements
Get inducted to the Hall of Fame in Career on the hardest difficulty setting
Earn 12 consecutive submission wins in Career
►There Is No “Try”
Complete all Challenges
►The Ultimate Fighter
Get all the trophies
NIS America is proud to announce that the hardcore strategy game Natural Doctrine will be released in retail stores and digitally on September 16 in North American and September 19 in European markets for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems! Developed as Kadokawa Game Studio’s inaugural title, Natural Doctrine is a challenging strategy game that features cross-play, cross-save, and stunning visuals. Master tacticians and strategists be ready, as this title will truly test your ability to conquer the evils that lurk in the sprawling networks of mines and ruins in the areas surrounding the fortress city of Feste.About the game
Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. On your first trip into the depths of these mines, your company of explorers quickly realizes that things may be more dire than you had imagined when you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. Will your band of explorers be able to defeat this new threat and warn the kingdom of their presence before it’s too late?Key Features
• Tactician’s Delight – Strategists and tacticians rejoice – this is the first hardcore strategy game to hit the PS4! The game won’t pull any punches with players that want to go in with guns and swords blazing. In this game, should any party member die, it’s game over for you!
• Online Multiplayer – Once you’ve cut your strategic teeth in single player mode, you can test your wits against other battle-hardened warriors in cross-platform online multiplayer. The more you play, the more characters you’ll have available to you so you can build a troop of goblins, golems, and soldiers! You can also use these characters in the online co-op mode.
• Savage World – No one is safe in this post-apocalyptic world. Hordes of soldiers, giant monsters, and booby-traps abound, and the only way through is experimentation. You’ll have to adjust your character skill sets and item combinations to optimize your party, while battle tactics like strategic linking and character positioning will be key to surviving this harsh world!
Game trailers this week;
►Stronghold Crusader 2
►Dead Island: Epidemic
►Guns & Robots
►Together: Amma & Saif
►Final Fantasy XIV
►Guild War 2
►Tribal Wars 2
►League of Legends
►Divinity: Original Sin
It’s hard to believe that since the first X-Men movie, the Spider-Man, Superman and Hulk movies have been rebooted twice. Along with a Batman and Iron Man trilogy as well as 2 Thor movies and an Avengers movie. It’s never been a better time to be a comic book fan. During this time the X-Men movies have gone down a very dark road. Although the First Class movie did a good in restoring people’s faith, Days of Future Past literally destroys all but the first 2.
Days of Future Past takes place, now bear with me, before X-Men and after The Wolverine while also being a sequel to First Class. Are you lost yet? If not then you will be shortly. Days of Future Past is mainly set in the future where the mutant hunting sentinels are not only hunting mutants but also eliminating them. To make things worse the sentinels have advanced to the point where they are able to change their structure and effectively counter almost every mutant power. The remaining X-Men come up with a plan to go back in time and prevent the events which lead to the sentinels being a popular choice amongst the US government.
It is here were the main story kicks off as Wolverine has to bring together the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to help change the perception of mutants. As expected things don’t go according to plan as people change their motives and even turn on each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed Days of Future Past, the story (given the context) make some sense and they did a good job in explaining how the time travel works. All the relevant and popular mutants get enough to flex their powers. I was particularly impressed the Quicksilver sequence, never before has a sequence shown just fast someone can run as well as showing some humour at the same time. It’s just a shame that he, along with a few others, aren’t utilised throughout the rest of the movie.
The best part of this movie is that they actively retconned every movie after X2 which means that X-Men 3: Last Stand never happened. You can hear all the X-Men fans jump out their chairs and rejoice. Which means effectively, Days of Future Past is semi-reboot of the franchise. To add the good news, the post credit scene now has me super-hyped for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Today we look at the Amped Wireless High Powered Wifi Range Extender. This is great for the gaming household as it allows you increase you wifi range and also create a bridge for rooms without lan connections. Check out this test to see what results we got from our 3rd floor mancave with the extender in the kitchen.
Gamers never die…..
Games Featured in this Episode
Crytek, the developer behind Crysis and Xbox One launch game Ryse, is having trouble paying employees, and the company has been bleeding staff since March, according to people who work there. [Source]
Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth DLC Details Revealed!
DICE and Electronic Arts have officially revealed what the Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth DLC pack will include. Overall, it’s very similar to the details users uncovered last month by combing through files that were recently added to the game. [Source]
Wolfenstein The New Order dev has ‘a very clear idea’ for potential sequel!
MachineGames has said it’s interested in doing a sequel to the recently released - and well received - Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Far Cry 4 cover art assumptions were “uncomfortable,” says Ubisoft!
Far Cry 4 received a fair bit of flack after the shooter’s official cover art was revealed, with gamers accusing Ubisoft of racism, stereotyping and more. The game’s creative director Alex Hutchinson has explained why the assumptions are incorrect, and how gamer’s knee-jerk reaction to the art was “uncomfortable.” [Source]
Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition coming mid-July
For beautiful and spacious skies and all the D-L-C! Deep Silver announced the Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition today, coming to the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC or via digital download this summer for $29.99. Shipping to retailers on July 8th, the title will be available via digital download and on store shelves by mid-July.
Hyrule Warriors Character Trailer | Impa
Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.3 | ‘Defenders of Eorzea’ Trailer!
Xbox’s Phil Spencer Praises Sony and Nintendo’s E3 Conferences: Competition “Keeps Raising the Bar”
They have such an amazing first party catalog, and over the years I think they’re the strongest first party out there with their IP and the characters that they have
it’s a little different not having a crowd that’s responding when they’re doing stuff, but I applaud them for trying to do something new
I think Sony had a nice show. There was a lot of content in there. They had games, they had their video stuff, they shown a couple different devices, I thought they did a nice job showing games and when they’re gonna come out. It’s a good time to be a gamer. We spent ninety minutes on games. We really focused on 2014, games that are coming out this year. There are alot of good games on Sony’s Platforms and a lot of good games on Nintendo’s platforms. It’s just a good time to be a gamer right now.
Competition is great. There’s no doubt about it. It’s good for us too. It keeps raising the bar.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare | Behind the Scenes ‘Future Tech & Exoskeleton’ Video
Oculus to Acquire the Company that Designed the Xbox 360 Controller
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the country, with over 50 awards to their name. As part of the deal, the team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus, operating from the Carbon studio in the Seattle area. They’ll also be working closely with the Oculus R&D team based out of Redmond. We expect the deal to close by the end of summer.
The Carbon team brings their expertise around building great feeling, great looking consumer products like the Xbox 360 controller. We’ve been working with Carbon for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects.
“A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever.
This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown — We’re on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions.
We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.”
- Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design
As a company, Carbon Design has a 20 year history of taking consumer, industrial and medical products from concept to completion. Carbon approaches products with a design-driven methodology rooted in quality engineering, ergonomics, deep user insights, and rapid iteration. All of this adds up to an incredible skill set to deliver ground-breaking new virtual reality products.
Please join us in welcoming the Carbon team to Oculus!
Idea Factory International is thrilled to announce today that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, a new installment in the long-loved fan-favorite RPG series Hyperdimension Neptunia, will be released on the PlayStation Vita in physical and digital forms in the North American market on August 26, 2014. It will also be available in digital form in the European market on August 27, 2014. Idea Factory International also revealed to fans in Australia that the game will be digitally released on the Australian PlayStation Store!Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 | English Trailer — 1’51”
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 is a remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia, which was previously released for the PlayStation 3 in 2011. Updated event conversations, graphics, and newly added game mechanics will entertain fans who have already played the PlayStation 3 version of Hyperdimension Neptunia as well as newcomers to the series.
Gamers never die…..
Games Featured in this Episode
►Forza Horizon 2
►Assassin’s Creed Unity
►Kingdom Under Fire II
►Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
►The Witcher 3
►Far Cry 4
►Naruto Storm Revolution
Activision has told Eurogamer that Destiny’s PlayStation-exclusive content will remain exclusive until “fall 2015”.
“What all of this means is that we have an epic amount of content within our game,” Faulton continued.
“We have more than 700 events for you to take part in across our world, which gives us a fairly conservative 100% completion time of well over 100 hours.”
[UPDATED]Assassin’s Creed Unity Pre-order Bonuses, $30 Season Pass Revealed!
“We are investigating an issue of Punkbuster bans that were incorrectly applied to some of our players. Please understand that our game advisers are not able to access or overturn Punkbuster bans, but we’re working with our partners at Even Balance to get this resolved as quickly as possible.”
Kingdom Under Fire II | Extended Battle Trailer
Nintendo America Boss Says Wii U Isn’t Struggling!
”“We’ve been very clear that the number of games that we’ve launched essentially July through the end of last year,” he continued, “a number of those games we had hoped they would be launch window games, everything from Pikmin to Wii Party U, we wanted all of that content to launch much sooner.
“Our belief is that software is what drives hardware and if that would have come earlier we might be having a different conversation. But the fact is we are where we are.”
Zelda Hyrule Warriors | Link Fire Rod Trailer (Wii U)
BATTLEFIELD Games Going Annual?!
“We’ll keep making Battlefield games as long as we have great ideas for them,” says DICE general manager Karl Magnus-Troedsson on the topic of annualizing their popular military-inspired first-person shooter franchise. [Source]
The Witcher 3 | Leaked Map!
Crysis & Ryse Developer Denies Reports of Bankruptcy!
“Regardless of what some media are reporting, mostly based on a recent article published by GameStar, the information in those reports and in the Gamestar article itself are rumours which Crytek deny. We continue to focus on the development and publishing of our upcoming titles Homefront: The Revolution, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Arena of Fate, and Warface, as well as providing ongoing support for our CryEngine and its licensees.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback during and after E3 from both gaming press and gamers, and would like to thank our loyal employees, fans and business partners for their continuous support.”
Far Cry 4 Campaign Won’t Have Split-Screen Co-Op, Multiplayer a “Secret” for Now
While Far Cry 3 featured missions that players can tackle online or via split-screen co-op, that won’t be the case with Far Cry 4 — at least its main campaign. [Source]
Knack Devs Explain Why PS4 Was Given 8 GB of RAM Instead of 4 by Sony; Talk Development and Feedback!
The development of Knack wasn’t without problems: as a launch game that was being developed in parallel with the console it had to run on, there were many unknowns in the equation, and Senior Producer Yosuke Watanabe, Outsourcing Manager Seiichiro Funayama, Game Director Takamitsu Ijima, Lead Artist Yoshiaki Yamaguchi and Lead Programmer Tsuyoshi Murakami provided quite a lot of interesting “post mortem” information. [Source]
Microsoft — “We’re Going to Try to Win That Core Gamer”!
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer says early console adopters are “critical” to long-term success because they provide detailed and meaningful feedback. [Source]
Today is a beautiful day to be a Naruto Shippuden fan; Bandai Namco Games announced earlier lot of exciting stuff!
First things first: All the players Pre-Ordering the game will get free Samurai outfits for their favourite heroes, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. Along with that, thanks to the Rivals Editions (D1 Edition), fans will get exclusive outfits for Naruto and Sasuke: old friends exchange their get-ups for some fancy fights!
Secondly, Obito will be playable for the first time ever, in the upcoming hit Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution! Kakashi’s long-lost friend will be available on his human form and on his Ten-Tails form when he goes “True Awakening Mode”!
Last but not least, for all the fans out there, CyberConnect2 and Bandai Namco Games have prepared a massive surprise: a demo will be available on 2nd of July and it comes with an Online Mode available from 2nd July to 23rd of July!
Stay tuned for more details over the next few days… A Storm might blast upon European Naruto Shippuden fans!
Report — PlayStation Now Beta Prices set by “Developers and Publishers”!
Hi Private Beta Testers,
We just wanted to give you all a quick update on the next phases of PlayStation Now. As you may have heard, at our E3 Press Conference we announced that PlayStation Now will be moving into an Open Beta, first starting on PS4 system on July 31, 2014. We are excited to get PlayStation Now in the hands of all PS4 users – so there is a lot of excitement for July 31 to come around. If you didn’t see our E3 trailer – take a look at it here.
Now it’s time for Private Beta news. On 6/18 you will have seen a title rotation which includes a fresh set of games as well as the introduction of a preliminary pricing test.
Inside this first test, you will find a variety of rental prices and rental periods to choose from. These prices are ultimately decided on by the participating developers and publishers. Your feedback during this next phase of the Private Beta is extremely important, as we will be monitoring it closely.
PS. If you have a rental period in progress for a game that just got rotated out: don’t worry! You will still be able to access the rental up until the end of its rental duration by finding the game in your “My Games” section.
The PlayStation Now Team
After announcing Dragon Ball: Xenoverse at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Bandai Namco Games has revealedl new details on the mysterious character that has excited Dragon Ball fans all over the world!
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, the mysterious fighter will be allowed to blast his way into multiple famous battles from Dragon Ball’s illustrious history! Thanks this, gamers will be presented with an unpredictable ‘DRAGON BALL’ experience; perhaps rewriting DRAGON BALL history as we know it! However, numerous questions still remain unanswered, such as: Who is this mysterious stranger wearing the scouter? What is the story behind this new character and why is he talking to Trunks? What is the purpose behind this mysterious room?
Many more secrets will be unveiled over the coming weeks and months as we move ever closer to launching Dragon Ball: Xenoverse… The Future of Dragon Ball promises to be exciting for fans!
I’m starting to notice a distinct problem with being human, it is that you are only one person. To make matters worse I’m the only STFUandPlay editor who doesn’t live in America. So when covering events as big as MCM London Comic, there’s only so much that one person can do. Regardless of how awesome, handsome and talented he may be.
Now considering that there were movies, panels, comic & manga villages, anime sections and the various cosplayers. I think I did better than I did back in October. This time I was a lot more focused, I pre-planned almost everything I did and stayed away from the sections with queues as long as the eye could see.
The first both I wanted to go to was the Evolve both because it was a title which never appealed to me. However when I got there, I seen the queue and decided that my time would be better spent elsewhere. That’s when I went past the Transformers: Universe both. This was a title which started of as a MMO but turned into Massively Online Tactical Action game. As I approached the keyboard the first thought which went through my head was, this game is going to play like Smite.
I don’t play MOBAs or MOTAs so felt completely out of element and spend the first couple of minutes figuring out how the controls worked. While I was finding my feet the enemy team spotted that I was alone & went after me. However what they didn’t know was that I thrive in team orientated environment. As they attack I began retreating behind a rock and it was here I found out how to transform. Now I was able to flee even faster and straight into my teammates. It was amazing how fast thing went bad for them, one by one we cut them down and in this frenzy I netted myself a kill. The smart ones chose to flee but we were quick on the chase and again I netted a kill. We soon found ourselves deep in enemy territory, in a fair 2 vs 2 fire fight. I had less than half health, so I chose to turtle away but my teammate went full Leroy Jenkins. I felt compelled to help him out & he managed to get a kill but at the cost of his life. Seeing no option victory, I transformed and made a hasty exit. Only to crash a missive titan transformer on our side. With this resurgence to hope, I turned around and we tore the chaser a new one.
It was only when the round ended did I get informed that the MVP would win a t-shirt. If I had known this in advance I would have been far more aggressive as I ended up behind the MVP by 2 points.
Ultra Street Fighter IV
At this point I have lost track of which Street Fighter IV game had come out, so seeing the full roster was like looking back a high school class photo. I recognised some people but others I spent time trying to remember who they were.
As I hopped on, I had a kid no older than 16 jump on along with me. As he was with his mum I decide to go easy on him to make him feel good. This was mistake, he wiped the floor with me in the first round. As I was contemplating what just happen, I overheard his mother congratulate him over the victory. This was the spark which lit the fire deep inside me and caused me to put my game face on. Round 2 was relatively close, the kid loved to turtle, spam fireballs and throw wake up shoryukens. I’ve played with this type of person before and he was easy to punish. Round 3 was pretty much cakewalk, his moral was destroyed after round 2 and the frustration had set in. I had him exactly where I needed, I was punishing him at every turn and I was being ultra aggressive. As I finished him with my ultra, I turned around to see the reaction of his face. I was surprised by how well he took the loss, he gave me a GG and asked for a rematch.
I decided to humour him and give him hope that he could beat me. Being the absolute gentleman that I am, I wiped the floor which in less than one minute. He then turned behind him and gave the controller away with no GG. That day he learnt a powerful lesson which was I am not to be messed with. As good as his replacement was, he kept button mashing and that stuff doesn’t work on me. He was dispatched equally as fast and it was as this point I thought it would be best for a bathroom break.
You know when you play that one game which continually hands and feel the urge to murder something? That’s was me for the first couple minutes until I began to learn how the game worked.
The best way to describe this game is a fast-paced time trial/speed run simulator with floating platforms and jet sprinting, what a mouth full. This game has me hooked in minutes, at first I wanted to walk away but then I would never forgive myself given the opportunity I had been given with. As a stood by my guns I started to peel back layers and exposed myself to one awesome title. This is one of those games which is hard to explain and needs to be played. I’ll definitely be putting this one on my radar, I need to be number 1!
Never have I seen a franchise turn around so fast. The first GRID was a wonderful representation of track racing, however the second went way too mainstream and hence the lack of the review on STFUandPlay.I tried but I just couldn’t, like with Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
On the floor there was the choice been 3 type of racing scenes; Formula One, Touring cars & Indy Cars. I set my sights on the F1 and touring cars, variety is the spice of life my friends. In the touring cars race, my weapon of choice was the Ford Focus RS. After a shaking first lap getting used to how the car handles and how the game works. I managed to end up in 4th position even after penalty for cutting a corner…or three. I really like how many different views you could choose from along with the translations between them, no more static cuts now we get smooth transitions. After a brief break of watch other people failing to finish in the top 8, I sat down to show them how you play. This time it was in a F1 car. This thing handled like nothing I had ever raced, you could easily lock up the wheels by braking for a couple seconds and you could easily spin out if you stopped concentrating. Thought I didn’t come in 4th, I felt that 5th place was good enough for a first timer.
Other games available to play included; LEGO Marvel Superheroes, MotoGP 14, Senran Kagura Burst, Ace Combat Infinity, Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland, Tupla, Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Evolve, Pacman and the Ghost Adventures, LEGO the Hobbit, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, Mario Kart 8, One Piece Unlimited World R, Tales of XILLIA 2, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Soul Calibur Lost Swords, HomeTown Story & Hyperdimension Neptunia Producing Perfection. So excuse me that I didn’t have enough time to play all those titles.
There were also plenty of movie trailers happening but since most of them already starred in STFUandWatch issues, I looked past them. I did manage to sit in on a Q&A of the many of many voices, Phil Lamarr. Now the only voice actors left for me to meet are Nolan North and Jennifer Hale.
Then there was the cosplay & it was as good, if not better than my last visit back in October. However this time round I didn’t have enough time to browse the floor and seek out the interesting and the awesome. Though I did manage to get a nice seat for the cosplay masquerade and took some awesome pictures.
I’m definitely looking forward to coming back in October and maybe in more venues next year. This time round it felt that time went by too fast, it may have been a sign that I was enjoying myself a little too much.
It was always going to be difficult to make a sequel to the slow-motion fantasy fest which was 300. Rise of an Empire not only tries to do so but shows why that just because you can do something, doesn’t make it a good idea.
Rise of an Empire serves as a wrapper around the original 300. While setting up itself up we also get a brief history of the ‘god-king’ Xerxes and how he can to be where he is. After doing so the movie, almost act for act, copies the events of the first. The hero this time, Themistocles, has a best friend, a father son duo and the hero even gets summoned by the villain, Artemisia. I had a strong sense of deja vu throughout the movie.
Now a sequel which copies the original is never bad a thing exactly. It shows that the production team identified what was good about the previous and takes those elements further. However in this case they seem to have lost what made the original so much fun to watch. Yes Rise of an Empire takes both the slow-motion and the gore to the level but forgets to tell an interesting story in between those sequences.
The main focus of the movie is around the naval side of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis. Long story short, the Greeks lost the first but pseudo won the latter. As you’d expect the story isn’t too interesting that’s why it’s been padded out with various sub plots. They serve their intended purpose but they rather dull and made me remember how much I enjoyed the first.
Like the first, the visuals are pretty impressive. Yes they don’t fool anyone into believing the fantasy but they do a great job of tying the scenes together. Though I wasn’t impressed by the soundtrack like I was by the the original, it’s still gives a sense of grand scale.
Rise of an Empire falls under the video game-to-movie category for me. The characters and setting which it’s based upon sound like a good idea for a movie and the idea makes the fans happy. However the execution is just not on par with the material, some the characters bore you, the setting is made interesting and you walk away pretty annoyed at having watched a movie with great potential go down the drain.
During my time at London Comic Con, I got to watch the Cosplay Masquerade. Here are some of the Cosplay photos I took.
Game trailers this week;
►Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies
►ZAMB! Biomutant Extermination
►Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows
►Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
►No Man’s Sky
A few moments ago, Konami has aired a live-streamed E3 theatre demo of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was first shown at E3 2014 last week. Although the stream has ended, you can watch the full 30-minute demo played on PS4 below.Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain | Gameplay — 29’29”
Guilty Gear is back with its newest entry in the critically acclaimed series with Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.
I have been a long time fan of the Guilty Gear fighting game series and I was seriously looking forward to checking this game out ever since is reveal last year. On the surface you would think the game is fully hand drawn and animated but Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- has a secret. All of the characters are rendered in full 3D.
Aksys Games did an amazing job replicating their Iconic 2D hand drawn animated style. The game runs on the Unreal Engine, looks great in motion and goes seamlessly from cinematics to game play.
Speaking of game play Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- has great control exactly would you would expect from a game in the series. I played the PS4 version and used Sol Bad Guy the Dev I was fighting against played one of the new characters.
Despite me getting my but handed to me I was able to perform Sol’s moves with ease. My only misgiving about the demo and this is not the Devs fault is I wished the show floor was a bit quieter so that I could enjoy the awesome soundtrack that always accompanies a Guilty Gear title. Oh well I guess I have to wait until the holiday season to get my hands on the final game. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- will be on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 no word on possible Xbox 360 or Xbox ONE versions.
Nosgoth by Square Enix is a third person, team-based online multiplayer that is based in the “Legacy of Kain” universe. The game has definite nods to the Kain and is set in the era of the ‘Soul Reaver’ universe. Psyonix is utilizing the Unreal 3 engine to bring Nosgoth to life on the PC.
The game pits Vampires vs. Humans with different classes on both sides battling to the death over control of Nosgoth. The environments are styled very much for fans of the LoK series. Oddly enough, even with the look of the world of Kain, the game feels very much like an arena deathmatch games like Unreal Tournament.
The graphics and framerate on Nosgoth were solid (played off an Alienware X51 desktop). My appointment with the game didn’t accommodate using a PC game controller (normally the stations for PC demos had XBox360 controllers), so I had to use standard PC controls off the keyboard and mouse.
I started my playthrough as a human archer. The class is similar to a sniper but I was immediately out of my element as I got into close combat with the vampires. I held my own, but didn’t do too well with the archer class, as I charged frantically into the battle not realizing I was a ranged class. The game builds tension with a wide arena filled with narrow corridors and hallways where you don’t know where a vampire might drop down on or behind you.
Once my human team of hunters got trounced by the vampire team, we switched sides and I chose the ‘Reaver’ class of vampire. Vampires are for the most part melee characters, so their attacks are very up close. Luckily, the Reaver had some slick moves like the ability to crawl up walls and launch leap attacks at human players. I had a lot more luck with kills using the vampires, but I’m sure the other classes of humans will suit my play style more.
While the action was cool and fast paced, I had to play PC style with a keyboard and mouse. There is no shame in admitting I’ve been spoiled by console gaming a bit and lost a step from my PC gaming days, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the deathmatch arena style of Nosgoth.
I think fans of Unreal Tournament and deathmatch style multiplayer will definitely dig this game more so that “Legacy of Kain” fans. Nosgoth does stand out with it’s world style, classes, and team balancing as the game makes you play both factions.
I look forward to diving more into Nosgoth in the beta and checking out the final version when it’s released.
Ever since PlayStation Now was hinted at during Sony’s 2013 conference in NYC there has been a lot of anticipation for the streaming game service. Streaming gaming services in the past have been hit or miss. Can Sony change that with PlayStation now?
Initially I thought PlayStation Now would be set up similarly to any other streaming service app like Netflix or Hulu. You are liked in a specific app and once you leave the App you can not run any of the content. This is not the case with PS Now. Getting games on PlayStation Now similar to purchasing games on the PlayStation store has Its own shopping App. Once a game is downloaded it shows up on your menu like any other downloaded game. One thing I did notice on the PS Now store is that all the games seem to have prices set to Zero and it asks how long you would like to rent a game. I know for a fact that PS Now is a subscription service but it seems like from the way the store is set up you can rent games on a case by case basis and not be subscribed to PlayStation Now.
On the E3 show floor PlayStation Now had about six PS3 games available to play. “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” “Dead Space 3,” “Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, “God of War: Ascension” and Ultra Street Fighter 4. It was also available on multiple devices. A Sony Bravia TV, PS3, PS4 PS, Vita , and the Newly announced PlayStation TV.
I personally spent time with every device and game. Loads on PS Now take about as much time as it does to load a physical game disk. I didn’t encounter any frame skips or drops that didn’t already exist in the original game releases,they worked great. My litmus test was Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros of which I was able to get a Rank A for completing a mission. The one downside is that the visuals take a little hit because of video compression. It’s not noticeable to a casual viewer. In fact another journalist was trying it out and didn’t realize he was playing a streaming video service until the rep told him. Personally, I notice it shows up the most with games that have a lot of grain effects or rain like in dead space and MGS.
According to the PlayStation Now rep games saves can be transferred to your PlayStation console if you decide to purchase the game physically or on the PlayStation store.
All in all PlayStation Now seems to be a promising service but the real litmus test will be when it finally comes home. Currently I have access to the beta and I will be testing out the service. Stay tuned to STFU and play for more information about the PlayStation Now beta.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, E3 took place over the last couple of weeks. As as expected we got a ton trailers on show which results in the largest STFUandWatch Issue in history! You might want to clear out a large chunk if your life for this one.
Microsoft E3 Trailers;
►Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
►Forza: Horizon 2
►Assassin’s Creed: Unity
►Halo: The Master Cheif Collection
►Halo 5: Guardians Beta
►Rise of the Tomb Raider
►Super Ultra Dead Rising Arcade Remix
►Dragon Age: Inquisition
►Ori and the Blind Forest
►The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
►Killer Instinct: Season 2
Sony E3 Trailers;
►Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept
►The Order 1886
►inFamous Last Light
►Little Big Planet 3
►Far Cry 4
►Dead Island 2
►Let it Die
►No Man’s Sky
►Mortal Kombat X
►Ratchet & Clank
►The Last of Us
►Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
►Grand Theft Auto V
►Batman Arkham Knight
►Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nintendo E3 Trailers;
►The Legend of Zelda
►Super Smash Bros
►Yoshi’s Wolly World
►Kirby’s and the Rainbow Curse
►Xenoblade Chronicle X
Other game trailers this week;
►World of Speed
►Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
►Rise of the Incarnates
►Final Fantasy XIV
►Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
►Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Saint Seiya : Legend of Sanctuary gets some more CG Trailers for the CG movie being release next week. More Saint Seiya greatness and glinpse of certain iconic fight scenes seen within the trailers. I will definitely be watching and reviewing this movie because I really am interested so see how they are going to squish the whole Sanctuary Arc into one movie obviously the cannon story is going to be change for everything to fit. Watch the trailers below!
Nintendo being ridiculed for the last 2 years brought the heat to E3. They not only had a ton of exclusive games to show, but their presentation never got boring. It opened up with some animation and a mock Street Fighter style fight between Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata. They hit hard with game play demo after game play demo. Nintendo proved that they are still in the game and have a bunch of titles coming this year and next. They started off showing Smash Bros. footage for both WiiU and 3DS. They introduced Amiibo, Nintendos answer to Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys and showed off an incredible demo of Yoshi’s new game, Wooley World. Wooley World blew me away with it’s stop motion with yarn approach to art design. It looked real and all stop motion captured. We got a brief look at the new Legend of Zelda game with some awesome game play and a new peak at Bayonetta 2, which will come with Bayonetta as a bonus. There was an in-depth look at Xenoblade X Chronicles during the Tree House as well as a new IP titled Spatoon which takes the 3rd person shooter to the paintball route using squids and ink. Nintendo had a fantastic week and scored 56pts.
A little bit of this trailer you are about to see was leaked before any of the press conferences were shown. Back when the game was known as Project Beast, this trailer was created and it’s all gameplay. Visually it looks decent not any better from the previous Souls games but you would assume that this is an incomplete build. Anyway check out the trailer as there is still never before seen content within it.
One of the last things I from Nintendo was opening to using a skit from Robot Chicken. Considering how Robot Chicken is a very adult show and Nintendo is seen as a kiddie platform, it looked like shit just got real.
Super Smash Bros
Possibly the best best intro trailer of E3, I didn’t even think that those 2 had it them. Straight into the gameplay, this time with added Miis, a choice of 3 fighting types and much more special attacks. Also introduced are Amiibos, a way to add characters into the game using toys like Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Don’t know what to make of this, it’s cool how they’ll be able to join you and evolve over time but I looks pretty gimmicky at the same time. Neverless it’ll will millions and people will go crazy.
Yoshi’s Wolly World
A pseudo sequel to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a game with some great looking aesthetics. These guys have really done their homework and also added co-op to the experience.
The Legend of Zelda
More information on the next installment, looks like they wanted to go back to their root and create an expansive world. By the looks of it they did, we see a large grass land with mountains in the background. The art style is no longer dark and realistic, we get a watercolor look with a vivid colour scheme.
Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
A very brief trailer showing ‘not final game footage’ for reasons unknown. One thing is known which is that Mega-Evolutions are being added.
Everyones favorite witch returns and this she going to hell. No really she has to go to hell to save her friend. To make things even sweeter, it now comes with the original Bayonetta, the various costumes and some Nintendo specific ones. Now this is a definitive edition and it’s coming in October 2014.
Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors
It’s basically Dynasty Warriors set in the Zelda universe, there’s all the all the popular characters to chose from. You can even play co-op with on on the pad and other on the TV. Not a fan Dynasty Warriors formula but I sure someone is.
Xenoblades Chronicles X
The spiritual successor to Xenoblades Chronicles (I see the naming department is hard at work) is heading to the WiiU. This games looks very Japanese, from the dialogue to art style.
Well shit son, I didn’t expect that from Nintendo. Now we’ll be able to create our own Mario levels. I can see this getting crazy and a speed runners dream or nightmare.
Only Nintendo could have thought of this. A 8 player, 4 vs 4 multiplayer game where the objective is to spray as much of your teams color of ink on the map. Think of a non violent team deathmatch with more tactics than just shoot the other team.
Out of the big 3, Ninty had by far the least depressing games on show. What they did show was pretty strong however (like with Sony) I was disappointed by the lack of games they teased later. Anyone remember that one game with the dinosaurs and mech that transforms, yeah that awesome game was sadly missing.
What better way to start than a story trailer for Destiny and what better way to disinterest me than to calling the evil force thing, the Darkness. I already wasn’t interested in Destiny but now I couldn’t care less about it. We get an announcement of the beta first for PlayStation in mid July and access now to the first look Alpha for PS4 owners.
The Order 1886
Yet more ‘gameplay’ this time we get introduced into a werewolf/wolfman zombie creature thing. Again not much is shown apart from shooting in an interactive cut-scene ala Uncharted 2 and a quick time event. So far still not impressed, mainly because I still don’t know what the fuck the game is about it.
Erm…fish…bird…dragon…love story thing. I honestly don’t know what to make of this but it feels like one of those super existential games trying to prove how games are art. I already see games as art but this seems to be how art students want to see games as art. The gameplay looks interesting though, each character is controlled with an analogue stick. To make this better it’s available now on the PS4 and coming soon to PS3 and Vita via cross buy.
inFamous: First Light
Well they called it, a stand alone inFamous DLC again. This time round we get to play as the lady with the neon powers and how she lost (or even killed) her sister I’m guessing.
Little Big Planet 3
Sackboy debuts on the PS4 and brings 3 of his friends; a bird, a dog and a heavy. Not only that but we get gameplay of how the characters can use their abilities to help complete the level together or dick each over. With Project Spark seeming to have a much a larger range of expression, I feel Little Big Planet 3 may get overshadowed in the creative department.
So this Project Beast, nothing more than a teaser trailer with some zombie things and the protagonist hacking one before he appears to execute another with a gun of some sorts. I don’t know enough about the souls series to make a connection but we shall see more come 2015.
Far Cry 4
Now we get some gameplay, just a shame that the gameplay looked very Call of Duty-esque. shooting and explosions, it would have been more interesting if they showed a stealth attempt before going Micheal Bay at the end. They did say that we can play how we want to play however what I seen was not how I want to play. They did introduce what seems to be drop in, drop out co-op which looked fun.
Dead Island 2
In a trailer very different from the original, Dead Island 2 was announced with a somewhat humoured look into the zombie apocalypse. Not much can be extracted expect from that it takes place California and the black guy is a priest not a rapper this time, good job on not stereotyping people there. Also exclusive characters only available on PlayStation…sigh
In a weird announcement, the clickers from The Last of Us will be enemies in a special dungeon when released on PS4. I’ve heard very good thing from Diablo III on consoles.
Magicka 2: Learn to Spell Again
Now that Sony is in bed with Paradox Interactive we are going to see the Magicka series heading to PlayStation. Unfortunately nothing major was shown apart from brief gameplay clips including one where they crossed the streams…you should never cross the streams.
Various Indie Games
One of the more interesting complaints I hear about PC gaming is that games come later on PC that console, well I’d to hear what those people have to say after seeing this montage of PC games heading to consoles.
Yet another artistic-esque game, this time a side scrolling adventure game set under water. making its console debut on the PS4 sometime in the future.
No Mans Sky
Finally some gameplay (I hope) of one of the most ambitious game I’ve seen in a long while. We see a ton of exploration with space combat. This could be one of those games you could get lost in for hours on end, especially if it had VR support.
Now you can upload videos straight to Youtube as well as watching other peoples streams. I can’t help but not be impressed, what happened to feature that allowed you to take control of other peoples games to help them out? Maybe proper custom soundtracks or USB support like every other gaming system.
15 free-to-play games will be heading to PlayStation in the near future. Well certain features will be free, there seems to be whole other side which Sony is reluctant to tell us about.
Something we’ve all been waiting for is PS Now, which will be entering it’s open beta at the end of July but only if you live in North America or Canada. Guess what Sony, you can do what Microsoft does when they announce specific stuff for North America and that’s go fuck yourself.
Also PSTv stuff, I don’t much of a crap about this, their time could have better spent finding a way to hook up a Vita to a TV and control it using a Dualshock controller. Thus improve the sales of Vitas but no, more useless stuff.
Mortal Kombat X
Weeks after being announced we get gameplay of it. From what I seen we got interactive environments, better X-ray moves and ridiculous fatalities. All heading our way in 2015.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
A new trailer for MSG V, I gave up trying to understand the storylines along ago but as always it looks to be filled with plenty of emotion. However I’ve found out that the was a longer version of the trailer shown which gives a lot things context.
Grand Theft Auto 5
In a surprise which no one seen coming (that was sarcasm for anyone doesn’t understand it), GTA V is heading to the 8th gen of consoles this fall. I bet magically that the heist have also been included. Well at least now the lack of AA problem can be solved…at least on the PC version.
Batman Arkham Knight
We get gameplay from a game which is doing its very best to annoy me continues its trend, not only do we get batmobile gameplay which defines a ton of laws of physics but it has has guns. I’ll leave things here before i burst a blood vessel in my head.
Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
No better way to finish things than with a in-game engine (not gameplay) teaser trailer for the next Uncharted game. Now this trailer showed nothing apart a jungle setting and hints that it’ll be the last in the series of Uncharted. Maybe this could be the literally end of Nathan Drake
Remember that opinion piece I wrote about graphics whores and PlayStation, I’ hate saying I told you so but you were informed justly. Almost every time they showed a AAA game they had to state how good the graphics looked. Also only on consoles can you pay more than once to play the same game with better visuals, there’s a time and place to continue this but in short I shake my head at all remastered games.
All in all it was an ok showing by Sony, a strong start with a boring middle section and decent enough end. There was a lot of talking about how Sony will have exclusive content for games, how games will make their console debut (it’s all about the wording) on PlayStation first and how good the visuals are. Funny thing is that most of the games teased before didn’t even make an appearance like; Final Fantasy XV, The Sorcerer, Driveclub and the infamous The Last Guardian.
Far Cry 4
Not to be outdone Ubisoft started of with Far Cry 4, no actual gameplay despite being released this fall. There seems to be between the possible relationship between the protagonist and the villain. The whole time watching it I was reminded by how awesome Vaas was and how he got punked in Far Cry 3, such a waste really.
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance showings have always been weird to watch and this year was no exception. We once again get treated to attractive, professional dancers trying to act like real people dancing. Obviously this doesn’t work and turns into an incredibly choreographed dance routine. At least we didn’t get guest appearance by Usher or Justin Beep-boop. Now you can join in the fun anywhere by using your smartphone as the controller, which is pretty neat I guess. That is until the phone flys off and something breaks.
Every time I see this game, I throw money at my screen but nothing happens. I think I have a faulty screen or wallet. No gameplay this time round, just a story trailer how New York got so messed up. I’ve been sold on the division since last year, so I felt the trailer was on people in a similar camp. However I did like the special guest appearance from Artyom.
Yet another game I’ve been sold on for some time now. It encapsulates everything I love about driving games; the openness, the customisation, the community and of course the cars. We finally got news of how to get into the closed beta later this month and a release date of this year. I’ve finally found a new game to sink my life into.
Assassin Creed Unity
This entry takes place in the French Revolution and boasts character customisation to allow you play how you want to play. We get a look into the open world of Unity and dynamic missions. It also seems like the HUD can be toggled on and off, now if only they stopped doing whole animus thing then I can start caring about this franchise.
Ah fitness games, these things are almost as awkward as dance games. With Shape Up Ubisoft are looking to turn fitness into an actual game by giving you personal goal to beat. Whether it be your friend or yourself from the past. I don’t do fitness games as I can just go outside and find something to do. I can see this being used as an aid to help those more body conscious than me. It’s shame that it’s only will only be available on the Xbox One.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
To mark the 100 year anniversary of World War, Ubi announced a puzzle game set in WW1 using the UbiArt engine. The trailer highlighted the other side of war, the side the Call of Duties are afraid to show, why I don’t know. The side that humanises the soldiers and makes you actually care about them. Also there’s a dog who probably won’t get killed…probably.
Rainbow Six Siege
After 6 years the Rainbow Six series makes it returns, however it’s not Patriots. Maybe Patriots got cancelled or even renamed to Siege, either we have a new Rainbow Six game in the works. We seen some pre-alpha footage from the PC version but I did notice a D-Pad icon so this is most likely a console port. It was a brief 5 on 5, capture the hostage mode with gadgets and weapons galore. It seemed very tactical with multiple entry point and the blowing out of walls, windows and roofs. With SOCOM being no more, I’m looking for tactical shooter to fill the void, maybe this could be it.
It was one of the better Ubisoft conferences, the bullshit was kept to minimum. I can imagine some people complaining about the dancing and the fitness but Ubisoft also came with the sequels and the new IPs. Aisha Tyler did a great job hosting, it was clear that she enjoyed herself up and she kept people with her jokes. I have a funny feeling that people didn’t like her simply because the was black (no PC on this this side of the pond) and/or a woman, which is weird as she is the only one who enthusiasm while presenting.
This is the E3 Trailer for the Free-To-Play Demon’s Souls like game coming from Capcom soon exclusively to the PlayStation 4. The trailer looks great, it’s all gameplay and as far what we were first shown the gameplay we see in the trailer looks just a gorgeous. I can’t wait for the game comes out and I’m glad we got another trailer to show us during E3 to keep us updated.
Star Wars Battlefront
Well EA started off extremely well in my eyes, this is how the first 15 seconds went for me.
EA: Bend over and give me your money!
Me: *laughs* no, screw you.
EA: We’ve got Star Wars Battlefront
Me: *looks down and reaches for wallet*
Although nothing concrete was shown, we some got some brief in-game and it was some what comforting knowing that DICE is going all out on this one. They ended it with ‘See More Spring 2015’, implying a separate event around that time and possibility a 2015 release if no main Battlefield entry.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
More stuff from the new Dragon Age game, this time starting off with a chelio piece than adding drums and vocals. Its seemed to an updated revision of the main theme but I’ve never any of the games before but I recognise that theme from somewhere.
Into some pre-recorded gameplay, it seems that they’ve gone for a mix of action and strategy. Thus catering to both types of gamers. To finish things off, character bios. I’m sure many are excited for this, I’m just not one of them.
We get a quick tease of Bioware, nothing more than “we are working a new mass effect with plenty of input from the community, so it shouldn’t annoy you like ME3 did. Also new IP”. Thanks for telling us almost nothing.
Oh look a new Sims game, gameplay and a release date. Well that’s a surprise, why can’t of the press conference be like this? Now for EA to ruin it with 15 DLC packs, it’ll happen soon enough.
I’ll admit it right here, I was able to recite the Bruce Lee quote almost word for word even with the timing and flow. Then straight into some gameplay, again with commentary like with the Sims 4. I’m not a fighting fan but I was impressed with the detail, I can see all the blood and sweat which went into this (that pun works on many levels guys).
Now for the sports update section. I don’t like sports games for various reason, so expect this section to be extremely bais. As I was watching the gameplay trailer the only thing I could think of was how Madden did the same thing last year and pretty much lied to us. Who knows this could be different as they did hint that it would not be 7th gen consoles.
There’s sure fire to get my attention, that is to mention the keywords; driving, speed and Criterion Games in the same sentence (or paragraph). Criterion interrupted the sports to bring us news that it’s working on a first-person extreme sports game thing. It looks promising but it’s too early to tell.
EA PGA TOUR
Golf, it returns I think and this time it has dropped the tiger from the name. The new revision promises no load times and fully rendered environments using the almighty Frostbite 3 engine. As a sign of good will (I guess) one of the new courses will be Paracel Strom from BattleField 4 right as the cruiser crashes. Well played EA, well played.
Madden NFL 15
Speaking of Madden, we got a nice in depth look of the new features. To me the guy might as well been speaking mandarin, I don’t do American football. They claim to bring new defensive stuff and dance moves. I know there’s plenty of people who are excited for this, I couldn’t care less.
Now EA looks to enter the MOBA area with Dawngate. Does this mean that this will be the first MOBA on consoles? Let the PC vs consoles debate light…again.
Mirrors Edge 2
Now a quick ad for Mirrors Edge 2. Simply it’s EAs way of saying, “you’d better by that game this time, we sent a lot of time making it really good”
Now for proper football, yeah deal with it America. This years revision includes player memory, which could hopefully lead to PTSD if your team loses continually. If so, day one for me. There’ll also be; new agility and control stuff…again…somehow, greater man-to-man interaction (no homo), better graphics, atmospheric football grounds and actual pitch interaction. Don’t play the game, feel the game and be moved a trailer voice by Idris Elba.
I’m still not sold on Hardline, cops vs criminals seems to be very one sided in my eyes. A very long and pretty in-depth trailer. It contained all the hallmarks of a battlefield game; expansive maps, varied weapons, interesting gadgets and a little humour tossed in. Overall very impressive, I just won’t be playing it.
Funny enough I had interesting discussion on twitter on why I wasn’t excited for E3, mainly it was because I want to play rather than just watch. What better way to do so than a closed beta for PC and PS4. Also it’s confirmed to be 1080p and 60fps on PlayStation.
EA showed exactly why it is one of the largest companies in gaming, I’d be surprised if there weren’t people who didn’t like any of the games on show. To me it shows that EA is interested in keeping it’s current base happy with Dragon Age, Battlefield, sports games and early footage from Criterion Games and Bioware. Even if they only want to exploit their loyalty with DLC and season passes.
All in all a very strong showing, they started and finished well. I liked how they split the sports sections as not to bog down the conference. Although I didn’t get as many release date as I would like, I atleast know what to put on my radar for 2015 and beyond. Now for EA to ruin the games with needless season passes and microtransactions.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
We’ve all heard that infamous quote from Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher right? There’s no other quote which I can think of that is better at describing the Call of Duty franchise. I’ve you haven’t guessed it by now it’s the infamous, “Same Shit, Different Day”. Ironically it featured multiple times in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, its almost as if the developers were trying tell us something.
As with the past however many E3s we get to see gameplay from the next Call of Duty game and as expected it follows the exact same formula. It’s starts of pretty quiet with little to no gameplay then ends up with lots of shooting and explosions. I swear these guys aren’t even trying anymore. I have to admit that it did look pretty and I look forward to a CG movie, if they ever get round to doing one. I also thought the advanced weapons were pretty imaginative…for a Call of Duty game.
You can’t go wrong with free DLC, especially if it’s the world famous Nurburgring. Now Forza 5 owners can experience the ‘next-gen’ incarnation (get it) of the track for free.
We also got the announcement of Forza Horizon 2 which boasts, a night-day cycle, dynamic weather and over 200 cars including the debut of the Lamborghini Huracan. Not only that but the Drivatar things from Forza 5 will also transfer over. I’m guessing as a punch to Sony, you can create a club with over 1000 members unlike 6 with Driveclub. Shots Fired!?
What’s shaping up to be the most hyped game after Watch Dogs, Evolve is looking to redefine co-op and versus play at same time. Although this game is not on my radar, it does look interesting to play. However my biggest concern comes with how you would balance a 4 vs 1 game.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
The Assassin’s Creed franchise seems to read the ‘what to include’ section from the yearly releases handbook which is to refine the game and add new features. This year we’ll be able to psudeo assassinate people with 3 others. As an inexperienced Warframe player, the inclusion of 3 random players will often turns things to shit fast. However if you can get people you know then you can have one of the best experiences gaming can provide. If only they’d actually improve the combat system then we could seriously talk.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
For a game not on my radar, Dragon Age seems to be trying its utmost to get itself recognised. In new trailer we get dragons, magic arrows, flaming swords and what looked to be practical female armour. I’ll see how it fares come October 7th.
Ever since FUSE (R.I.P. Overstrike 9) I started not trust what Insomniac games say. With Dead Rising 3 coming to the PC in the summer, I look at Sunset Overdrive and make no regrets when I chose to pass on it.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved & Dance Central Spotlight
It’s nice to see that Microsoft has finally learnt that the Kinect is useless as a gaming peripheral and has resigned it to the utmost casual games. Now you can look like idiot remixing music in Disney Fantasia and actually fool yourself into thinking you dance with Dance Central.
It would seem the Fable of old has matured and lost its excess baggage. Unlike Evolve, Fable Legends looks like it has some good ideas and I’m always interested by games which don’t take themselves too seriously.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Well that’s one way to introduce a game, introduce us to a bunch of characters then possibly kill one off. From the gameplay it looks to be a typical puzzle-platformer whoever I feel that the story will be the focal point of the game.
The saga of the poster child of the 7th generation of consoles is heading to the Xbox One with a ‘next-gen’ facelift. Is it me or this generation just full of sequels of remastered games. It’s as if the new consoles were let out the box too early and the companies decided to pad the line-up until the good stuff comes out. At least in this remaster you’ll get access to Halo: Nightfall, a live-action thing to keep you interested until the beta drops.
Indie @ Xbox
Microsoft now has their own indie supporting department, which is always a good thing. To compete with Sony, some of the titles mentioned will make their console debut on Xbox One. Things in the indie world are definitely going to get interesting over the next couple of years.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Does this mean we should call the last game Dawn of the Tomb Raider? Mind you this is after Square Enix complained that the last game didn’t meet expectations.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Everything about this game has impressed me so far; the visuals, the gameplay, the soundtrack. I’m certain this could a strong GOTY contender. I also wonder how this is going to fare when it’ll be inevitably compared against Dragon Age: Inquisition?
This…game…looks…awesome. I remember saying that open world multiplayer games will define this generation and I think The Division will be one of them. Since Watch Dogs has burnt us badly, I’m going to hang back as much as I can until I know The Division is what is claims to be.
Knowing that there’s a 4 player co-op game with dragons being developed by Platinum games, lets me know gaming hasn’t reached critical mass in terms of seriousness.
In either an attempt to one up Saints Row 4 or revive a dead horse, there’s a new Crackdown game in the works. If the trailer is anything to go by, they’ll be super powers, conventional weapons, co-op and destruction on a massive scale. I’m guessing fans of the series are overjoyed.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good the press conference was; they stayed away from talking about sales, they stopped trying to shove the Kinect down our throats and they showed a lot of games. I also enjoyed how they showed the games coming year before the ones coming next year and beyond.
All-in-all it was a pretty strong showing, they seemed to have listened to the gamers and spent most of the time quick firing games. I would have loved if they spent a little more time telling us about the games on show.
Bandai Namco is hard at making sure Rise of Incarnates runs smooth, looks good and stays competitive. With this new trailer they show off a new stage, two new characters and reveal that the game is entering it’s beta phase soon. They stated that the Beta will be available soon and as far as we know it’s still only on PC. Watch the trailer below to see the two new character one is literally a Spider Mech and the next one it literally a character on a motorcycle (that’s quite unique).
The last press conference of the day was Sony’s. They had a full 2 hour slot and reserved theaters across America. My biggest anticipation was for Uncharted 4 game play. The conference started off with a huge Destiny trailer filled with game play and goodies. We got to see some new game play of The Order that was really impressive. It’s definitely crossing the line between cinema and video game in a better way than we’ve seen before. This is the first trailer to really get me excited for The Order. Little Big Planet 3 was some what of a surprise and came with lots of cuteness. Sony had many announcements including Bloodborne which is the real name for ‘Project Beast’. Dead Island 2 was another surprise with a great follow up to the trailer we first saw with the first game. We saw more of Farcry 4 except this time we were past the intro and into some action packed game play. Not too excited for Farcry 4. Maybe I’ll be ready for it after I beat 3. Grim Fandango was announced for PS4 as well as Magicka 2, Broforce and Hotline Miami 2. Mortal Kombat X got a real game play trailer and guess what? It look just like the pre-e3 teaser! GTAV was announced for PS4 and then we were blown away by the first Batman Arkham Knight footage. The conference ended with a cinematic trailer of Uncharted 4 and no game play. This was a huge disappointment for me but we can’t have it all can we?
Sony scored 79pts.
Ubisoft E3 conferences are always touch and go. I remember years when they brought out toys and put us to sleep and then the first year they showed Watch_Dogs. With Watch_Dogs finally out, Ubisoft had a lot of work to do to impress me. They opened up with Farcry 4. It was actually the first 5 minutes of game play but nothing mind blowing. They then hit us with Just Dance 2015 and Just Dance Now. I was ready to check out when they had a bunch of people on stage with mobile phones dancing together. Really Ubisoft? Finally they showed The Division, but it was nothing but a CG trailer. Actual game play was shown at Microsoft’s conference though. Why would Ubisoft not show more of this game at their very own conference? The Crew trailer actually got me more interested in the game. It was high speed footage of the cars racing through America. More of AC Unity was shown as well as Shape Up, the new snoozer of a DDR rip off. A Valiant Hearts trailer was shown and then we were hit with a new Rainbow 6 game titled Siege. This is what Patriots has transformed into. Game play was excellent and everything what you’d expect from an R6 game.
Ubisoft scored 20pts.
So Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the the Dragon Ball game that is coming to Ps3, Ps4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It’s looking really good as far as the gameplay is concern. Nice cell shaded graphics with high speed sayain action check out the gameplay trailer below. Also there is a mystery character at the end of the trailer that seems to be wearing a capsule corp branded outfit with a scouter obviously this is a created character so that’s good news also.
EA’s press conference is in the bag and it was full of highs and lows. We got a touch of Mass Effect 4, Battlefront and Mirrors Edge 2. They showed new Dragon Age Inquisition game play that was mind blowing. This game has my interest for the first time since the series inception. EA sports titles truly took the conference to a down turn. I don’t care about sports games because the developers aren’t doing anything new. What else can you do with a man and a ball? Paying $60 a year for these bullshit sports games is a total waste of money. While I do like watching sports and playing them in real life and on the screen, I don’t want to see anything about this genre during E3. Of course UFC was acceptable because of Bruce Lee. Lastly they showed some in depth Battlefield Hardline game play and offered PC and PS4 gamers beta access starting today.
EA scored 34 points for their conference.
Well E3 is officially underway and our first scoreboard is complete. This format of covering each conference kills two birds with one stone. You get to see how I scored the conference but you also get a complete reference of every game that was shown. The score doesn’t really mean anything but a way of gauging how much was actually shown at the press conference. There are only winners at E3 and those winners are the gamers.
Microsoft had one of their best conferences ever. There was no TV talk, Kinect or sports bullshit taking up our valuable time. It was nothing but game, after game, after game. In fact, I’d go as far to say that this was one of the most bullshit free conferences I’ve seen in years. Microsoft brought back some old favorites like Crackdown and Phantom Dust. Phantom Dust is a game I’ve never played but fans are really excited about the announcement. They gave us a hint as to what we will expect with the Halo Masterchief Collection later this fall. While I could care less about rehashing this series, I am interested in Ridley Scotts Halo series. We got to see a little more of Sunset Drive, some Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare and actual Xbox One footage of Tom Clancy’s The Division. It was a solid show. There were no Megatons and that’s no big deal because we don’t always get those at E3. They are like epic pieces of loot that are hard to find. However, there was a Microton. Hideki Kamiya from Platinum Games announced a new exclusive title for Xbox One called Scalebound. Since there was only a game play trailer, I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this game but it’s Hideki and Platinum, so you know it will be crazy!
I’ve enclosed a link for Microsoft’s score card. They scored a whopping 85 points for their conference. That’s pretty damn good.
You know an EA press conference isn’t complete without its sports offering. Below are the trailers for EA Sports UFC, FIFA 15, and PGA Tour.EA Sports UFC | Bruce Lee Gameplay
FIFA 15 | Gameplay Trailer
EA Sports PGA Tour | Trailer
Today DICE have revealed their next hero title: Star Wars Battlefront 3 during EA’s E3 Press Conference. Check out the trailer below.Star Wars Battlefront 3 | Trailer/Update
BioWare has just shown off a sneak peek at Mass Effect 4, which is currently in development. Check out the trailer below.Mass Effect 4 | Teaser Trailer
At its E3 press conference, Microsoft announced a third game in the Crackdown series. Series creator Dave Jones is helming the new title, which should give fans some hope that the latest iteration can live up to the original.Crackdown 3 | Trailer
Ubisoft has demonstrated new gameplay footage of The Division during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.Tom Clancy’s The Division | Gameplay Demo
Platinum Games took to Microsoft’s E3 presser to announce their new IP, exclusively for Xbox One, Scalebound. Check out the trailer below.Scalebound | E3 Trailer
Warframe is now officially being released for the Xbox One. We knew this was coming as Digital Extremes has hinted it to us a few times since the Playstation 4 release. Warframe started off on the PC then migrated to PS4 last year and now Xbox One. Here’s the full release info:
WARFRAME COMING TO XBOX ONE IN 2014
Top Free-to-Play Action Hit Possible Through ID@Xbox
June 9, 2014 – London, Ontario – Digital Extremes announced today that Warframe®, the fastest growing AAA Free-to-Play game, is coming to the Xbox One console in 2014. This will be one of the first titles released through ID@Xbox, which allows independent developers to self-publish their games on Xbox One and will be Free-to-Play with Gold*. The sci-fi third-person action game that challenges players to release their inner ninja can be seen in a new trailer released today in conjunction with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held in Los Angeles this week. The trailer is available at Youtube.com/PlayWarframe.
“Bringing Warframe to Xbox One is a no-brainer,” said Steve Sinclair, creative director at Digital Extremes. “Our players have been asking for Warframe since the debut of the console and with the ID@Xbox Program, now we can make it happen. Having the freedom to develop and publish Warframe on our own terms is the true definition of independence to us. Warframe is a passion project for our team and building it alongside our players is a reality now with digital distribution.”
Players are introduced to Warframe as newly awoken Tenno warriors, thrust into a universe at war and armed with ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate. These Warframes bring unimaginable power and skill to the Tenno and provide players with unique offensive and defensive powers to explore and master. Players go solo or band together in squads of 4 to complete co-op based raids to locate ancient artifacts that will help customize and upgrade their Warframe and weapons.
Often described as MMO-lite with an emphasis on cooperative play and clan-building, Warframe will take advantage of the social connectivity and community building features Xbox One offers at launch and in subsequent game updates. First up is Game DVR where players can capture their greatest Warframe moments and share them with friends. Players looking for bragging rights will find them with the many Xbox Achievements and Hero Stats. Second screen functionality through Xbox One SmartGlass will be utilized with the Warframe Nexus App for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. This companion app provides players with pertinent real-time game information and stats such as Alerts to critical missions and the Codex, which provides key data on all the Warframes, weapons, Mods and more to help players strategize their play.
Warframe is currently available for free on PC and PS4™. More information on Warframe on Xbox One will be revealed in the coming months. In the meantime, visit http://www.warframe.com to stay up to date on the latest news.
Phantom Dust, has been announced. Check out the trailer that was presented during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference
Phantom Dust | E3 Gameplay
During Micorosft’s E3 Press Conference, CD Projekt RED has demonstrated a live presentation of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt . Watch below!The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt | E3 Demo Presentation — 2’21”
The trailer of Rise of the Tomb Raider has been revealed during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference. Watch below!Rise of the Tomb Raider | Trailer
343 Studios have announced big Halo news during Microsoft’s E3 press event as Halo The Master Chief Collection, Halo 2 Anniversary, and the Beta for Halo 5 will all release this year! Check out the trailer for the aformentioned titles below.Halo The Master Chief Collection | E3 Gameplay
Halo 2 Anniversary | E3 Gameplay
Halo 5 | BETA Trailer
Check out some Fable Legends gameplay shown during Microsoft’s E3 press event.Fable Legends | Trailer — 2’37”
Capcom has just released and showed off the trailer for Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Alpha, a four-player co-op add-on for Dead Rising 3.Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Alpha | Trailer
Insomniac Games has released a new live gameplay demo of Sunset Overdrive, during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference. Watch and comment below!Sunset Overdrive | E3 Gameplay
A new trailer of Dragon Age: Inquisition has been revealed during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference. Check it out below!Dragon Age: Inquisition | E3 2014 Trailer
Ubisoft has shown some great new co-op footage of ]Assassin’s Creed: Unity during Microsoft’s presser. Watch below!]Assassin’s Creed: Unity | Live Demo Gameplay
Microsoft x Turn 10 Studios have announced the release date and released a trailer for Forza Horizon 2.Forza Horizon 2 | Trailer
Microsoft has opened their show with a live demo presentation of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Watch below!
Add-On Content will come first on XBOX .Call of Duty Advanced Warfare | Live Demo Gameplay
The trailer for Killer Instinct Season 2 has just been released. Watch below!Killer Instinct Season 2 | Trailer — 58”
First off all to all those people who just read the title and decided to jump into the comments section to tell me how wrong I am, all I’ve got to say is ‘shut up, grown folk are talking here!’.
With that out of the way we can proceed. The most important thing (which most other people fail to do) is to define what a ‘fanboy’ is. A good baseline definition of a fanboy is someone who chooses to ignore the shortcomings of company (and subsequently their products) purely because they prefer said company over its competitors (for reasons I’m still to understand). Yes it’s not the greatest definition but I believe it’s adequate for this opinion piece.
Before we get to the meat of the argument I’d to take a step back and look the 2 veg. What brought about this thought of mine was the tweet below
I feel bad for any Racer coming out trying to outclass the visuals in the latest Drive Club footage. Check this out- http://t.co/cIrm6fsqVo— Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) May 16, 2014
Now I usually overlook these types of comments but since the game in question was a racing game & I’m a huge fan of racing games, I decided to check what all the noise was about. The game itself looks pretty good for what is I still noticed the lack of anti-aliasing. As I was about to leave my observation I seen this other tweet.
I sound like a broken record, but Drive Club is officially the best looking racing game running at 30 FPS. Good luck. http://t.co/cIrm6fsqVo— Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) May 16, 2014
My knee jerk reaction was to reply with, ‘that’s like saying it’s the prettiest looking fat chick’ due to the lack of AA. However I decided that my time is better spent in Warframe than in a worthless twitter debate. As I was playing I was reminded about the whole ‘Watch Dogs is downgraded’ debacle which lead to plenty of comparison gifs and videos including this one
There is an obvious difference in the graphically quality but this isn’t the time and place for that debate. What I did notice about a bunch of comments was that they attributed the ‘downgrade’ to everything except from capabilities of the PlayStation 4. To further prove that Watch Dogs got ‘downgraded’ some people pointed some of the PlayStation 4 exclusives.
It was this truly got me thinking that PlayStation 4 fanboys are latent graphics whores. Before I could cement this thought I decided it would be best to investigate. Where better to start than the exclusive that people pointed to. The 3 main pointed to targets were Killzone: Shadowfall, inFamous: Second Son and Knack. Like a sound wave from an atomic bomb it hit me, these 3 games all have incredibly similar qualities. All are impressive graphically but they all suffer from below average gameplay. Don’t believe me? Well a look at some the reviews for yourself, these are just a handful I came across.
Knack’s gameplay amounts to walking into a room full of enemies and punching them until they die, which causes a door to open, Jeremy Parish, US Gamer
“When Knack isn’t being repetitive or shallow, it’s just bland”, Tom Bramwell, Eurogamer
“The campaign, despite its pacing problems, some poor checkpointing and Guerrilla’s traditionally patchy dialogue, is the best day-one showcase of the new PlayStation’s capabilities. It’s first and foremost a firework display, an extravagant demonstration of next-gen processing power”, Edge Staff, Edge
“Killzone Shadow Fall is a polished first-person shooter that delivers beautiful visuals, a killer multiplayer mode and some top-class moments in its campaign. But, possibly as a side effect of having to meet the PS4 launch deadline, the game falls short of true greatness. “, Tristan Donovan, Stuff
“If you’re looking for a next-gen showpiece to demonstrate the power of PlayStation 4, inFamous: Second Son will definitely do the trick—it looks great, plays well, and gives you a dozen or so hours of city to explore. The gameplay itself isn’t all that revolutionary”, Hollander Cooper, Gamesrader
“Given that GTA 5, Sleeping Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed 4 present dynamic, lifelike worlds on last-gen hardware, it’s difficult to overlook how barren and dull Second Son feels. InFamous Second Son inherits a lot from its predecessors but offers too little to the mix.”, Tamoor Hussain, Computer and Videogames
Now it could be said that cherry picked the reviews which show the games in a negative light, but I encourage you to read/watch the reviews for yourselves and come to your own conclusion if you’re unhappy.
Another common trend among all these games is just how excited people got when they first laid their eyes on them. Now looking to future releases we see the trend continue. Don’t believe me? Go look at the ‘gameplay’ trailer of The Order 1886
Not only did Sony release a 3 minute gameplay with less than 30 seconds of actual gameplay but when people point this out, well read the comments yourself. Now combine that with the tweets regarding Driveclub as the ‘best looking game at 30 fps’, it leads to question; are PlayStation fanboys latent graphics whores?
Very rarely these days will you find people discussing a game based on it’s gameplay, instead they argue about which one looks best. One only has to look at the months leading up to the release of the consoles. Now this could be down to the gamers of these days being more focused on the graphical fidelity of title, which isn’t all down to the game but again that’s a topic for another article.
It seems to be the PlayStation fan base that is louder than any other. Yes the Xbox fan base had their ‘looks like a supermodel but plays like a square wheel’ with RISE: Son of Rome but they seem to have faded into the background leaving camp Sony yelling like a opera singer. Now with up and coming games like The Order 1886 and The Division, I’m expecting this tend to continue.
Then we get to the one thing which is very hard to defend which are the remastered games. These are games which are being released which nothing more than a spit and polish in the graphically yet the fans are throwing their money simply because they can. It amazes me that people who already bought this titles would get excited over a new lick of paint rather than an engine or mechanics upgrade.
So I ask you the reader, do you think that PlayStation fanboys are latent graphics whores? All I seem to hear from camp PlayStation is “OMG this exclusive looks soo next-gen”. With E3 coming up shortly I expect the same reaction from almost everyone, which will most likely be, “man that game looks so good, I can’t wait to play it”.
Necromancy is one of those dark magic arts which is often treated with taboo. Mainly because it involves the dead and…well…everyone knows how the story of Frankenstein’s creature turns out. So at least most people are aware of philosophical and ethical issues of raising the dead. Which is I’m loving indie games, they are willing to delve into these grey areas in order to make a game.
Nekro is a weird game to describe, on the outside it looks a 3rd person RPG. However when you get into it you find that it has a strong element of strategy to it. It was this that initially threw me off. I went in expecting to play Nekro like any other 3rd person action game and quickly learnt that I was doing it wrong.
The first mistake I realised was that I chose the wrong necromancer for my play style. Out of the initial 3 to chose from; The Alchemist, The Grim Keeper and The Outcast, I first went with the Grim Keeper. After facing multiple deaths, I went back and switched to the the Outcast. I wanted to get payback on those who sent me the grave and I wasn’t in the mood to do some casting.
Next was the summons which I’d forget to use at times and I think this was achilles heel. There are 5 summon slots and for 4 of them you get chose between 2 different ones. I went down the minion route, that way I could hang back and let them do the hard work for me while I support them. Here is where the strategy comes in, as I imagine that there’s an optimal build for each necromancer.
You wouldn’t expect a game which revolves around the dark art of necromancy to contain humour of any sort. Well you’d be wrong, Nekro contains plenty of humor from the story to the environments.
You play as an Alchemist who was betrayed by the King and to exact your revenge you turned to the dark arts and became a necromancer. On your way to the King’s castle you note down your progress into a very entertaining journal. It’s clear that whoever did the writing and the voiceover was having plenty of fun doing so. Almost as much fun as artists and level designers. They could have gone for mix of photorealism and 15 shades of brown but went for stylised, almost cartoon aesthetic. Which was right choice as the design are strong enough alone to draw you in. When you add in the dialogue between enemies and the random party music, you’ll struggle not to get drawn into the world.
In an age when games are taking themselves too serious, Nekro is refreshing blast of action and strategy. The humor and art style only add to the overall fun of the game. Unlike mainstream games, Nekro doesn’t hold and it will bite you if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Nekro is available on Early Access via Steam and due for release in 2014 for PC, Mac and Linux.
Looks like Tekken x Street Fighter will most likely be playable at E3, which means soon we will see how Namco Badai handles the Street Fighter Characters in the Tekken universe. As for right now here’s a couple screenshots that basically confirms it’s attendance at E3 2014.
Tekken x Street Fighter gameplay will be at E3
With E3 right around the corner, I’m expecting the number of trailers to just blow-up. Worry not as there will be a special E3 issue but for now enjoy Issue #25.
This week there’s free-to-play, shooters, racers, Mordor, DLC, fatalities, zambies, goats, robots, cannibals, classic and more.
Game trailers this week;
►Dead Rising 3
►Richard & Alice
►Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
►Dark Souls II
►Marvel Heroes 2015
►Final Fantasy III
►Ultra Street Fighter IV
►Mortal Kombat X
►Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
With the Saint Seiya CG Movie upcoming this month, this half a minute teaser trailer was recently release basically centering Athena mostly and showing off the Bronze Saints in their CG remade versions. It is the 6th film based loosely off of the Sanctuary Arc of the original cannon story. It is scheduled for release in Japan on June 21, 2014.
Square Enix releasing info on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix basically telling us when we the release date of the highly anticipated remake. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will be releasing December 2nd for North America and December 5th for Europe. This collection includes Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded in Cinematic form. Check out the announcement trailer below, also a teaser of Kingdom Hearts 3 at the very end.
Ubisoft has released a teaser trailer for The Division as they are prepping up their E3 press conference this Monday, June 9th at 3 PM PDT | 6 PM EST. Watch below and be prepared to see more content next week!Tom Clancy’s The Division | Teaser Trailer — 39”
During it’s Press Conference CD Projekt RED has released an E3 Trailer of their massively anticipated upcoming title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , where it showcases various gameplay footage as well as the release date. Watch below!The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt | E3 2014 Trailer | The Sword Of Destiny — 2’21”
Wage guerrilla warfare and reclaim the streets of Philadelphia in Homefront: The Revolution – a captivating new free roam FPS to be co-published by Crytek and Deep Silver.
Homefront 2: The Revolution | Trailer — 2’27”
Homefront: The Revolution is an open-world first person shooter where you must lead the Resistance movement in guerrilla warfare against a superior military force.
A living, breathing, open world responds to your actions - you and your Resistance Cell can inspire a rebellion on the streets and turn Occupation into Revolution, as oppressed civilians take up the fight.
But your enemy has the advantage - superior technology, firepower, heavy armor and air support. You must learn the art of guerrilla warfare – ambush, sabotage, infiltration, deception – and fight a running battle through the war-ravaged suburbs of Philadelphia.
And the single player campaign is just the start – in Co-Op you and your friends can form your own Resistance Cell and become renowned as Heroes of the RevolutionFeatures
• Explore a living, breathing open world - experience true open world gameplay in a first person shooter, brought to life with astonishing CryEngine-powered visuals
• Wage Guerrilla Warfare - this is no linear shooter; learn the art of guerrilla warfare and use ambush, infiltration and hit and run tactics against your foe in thrilling un-scripted firefights
• Build the Resistance - recruit revolutionaries to the cause, establish bases and safehouses, capture and customize a deadly arsenal, and build improvised, homebrew weapons for your Guerrilla Tool Kit
• Ignite the Revolution - from oppressed citizen to revolutionary leader, an epic single-player campaign tells the story of the second War of Independence. The dynamic, evolving world responds to your actions as an oppressed nation rises up in defiance against the occupation
• Online Co-Op - take the battle online, form a Resistance Cell with your friends and earn your reputation as Heroes of the Revolution
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation.Mortal Kombat X | ‘Who’s Next?’ Trailer — 1’57”
Mortal Kombat X combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy. For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.
Mortal Kombat X will make its first public appearance at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014 in Los Angeles.
It’s been a long wait but one of the most iconic movie monsters has finally made it’s return to the big screen. It’s last outing, at least here in the west, was almost to 2 decades ago but now it’s back and literally bigger than ever.
At it’s heart Godzilla has a very simply plot. An ancient creature awakes, Godzilla awakes to kill then they fight. That’s all I can really say without spoiling the twists and for that we have the Godzilla Spoiler Alert. There is a sub plot surrounding the human characters which I could done away with but it serves it purpose as characters to identify with.
On of the recurring themes I really enjoyed was how useless the humans felt against these forces of nature. Almost like the directors had some sort of message to tell us.
One of the few things which are very difficult to take away from Godzilla are the special effects. Not only are the creatures beautifully modelled but the cuts transitions between them and the live action sequences are virtually seamless.
I particularly taken back by how powerful the creatures were made out to be. These guys were tearing through buildings, bridges and concrete like they were made from paper. However I didn’t like how little they showed of the guy who the film is named after. The final fight could have been a place to show him off but they decided to show more of the other guys.
Something that both did and didn’t get updated was the soundtrack. The majority of soundtrack felt like it was it came from the best giant monster movies in the past 30+ years. The most notable new track was the orchestral piece from the first trailer and it was used to great effect. Since this is the place to talk about it, Godzilla’s roar gave me goosebumps every time I heard it.
Godzilla is one of those movies which around every so often and surprises people but not for the same reasons. Those people looking for kaiju movie will accept this as the kaiju movie they’ve been waiting for some time. However other will focus on the flaws. So ultimately your enjoyment of this movie depends on which side of the Kaiju fence you lean on.
There was actually a good reason why there was no issue last week, it’s called MCM London Comic Con. Without going into too much detail, it was good and I look forward to the next one. This week we have; romans, nazis, generals, pirates, dragons, hackers, autonomous organisms, racing and more.
Game trailers this week;
►Total War: ROME II
►World of Speed
►The Evil Within
►Ace Combat Infinity
►Heroes & Generals
►Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
►Murdered: Soul Suspect
►Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
►Murdered: Soul Suspect
►Always Sometimes Monsters
►Sniper Elite 3
Alleged project beast leaked footage Developed by From Software for the PS4 has been leaked. In this small gameplay teaser clip we get to see a knight with a coat cape, a saw like weapon in his right hand and what looks like a sawed-off shotgun in the left. With E3 only weeks away taking this with a grain of salt would not be suggested, to me it looks quite legit. Hopefully it isn’t fake and we get to see more soon.
Lil bit of Gameplay trailer for Quantum Break for XBOX ONE.
If you signed up to get into the computer exclusive alpha phase of the upcoming game Rise of Incarnates, I recommend you check you e-mail like right now. I just recently receive my code and I hope the genre is successful in the west because it’s my favorite genre. Within the e-mail it also explains that the Alpha Codes that were sent out are valid from May 30th until June 1st on Steam. That’s a small window so like said before if you signed up to get in, I recommend you check you inbox (First Impressions coming soon).
Rise of Incarnates features two-versus-two gameplay, various 3D arenas set in cityscapes and numerous fighters that offer unique skills and powers. The characters and their respective skill sets and roles will accommodate a variety of playstyles in both close-quarters and long-range combat.
Players take the role of humans referred to as “Incarnates” who “command untold mythical powers.” Four humans and their respective Incarnates have been revealed to date with more to be unveiled in the future. The known fighters include Dr. Gasper Watteau/Grim Reaper, Terrence Blake/Deuteros, Mireia Vaentin/Lilith and Jedrek Tyler/Mephistopheles.
Rise of Incarnates Alpha Codes have been sent out did you get in?
The trailer for Battlefield: Hardline, which is the spin-off of the vastly growing Battlefield franchise, has leaked. According to Visceral Games, the footage is from a 6-month old build. Watch it below!Battlefield: Hardline | Trailer [LEAKED] — 7’20”
Steve Papoutsis — Vice President and General Manager, Visceral Games
On behalf of everyone at EA and Visceral Games, I’m fired up to confirm our next project – Battlefield Hardline. The game launches this fall and it’s a brand new series in the Battlefield franchise, set against the backdrop of a genre we all love – the war on crime and the battle between cops and criminals.
Several years ago, I was at an internal EA meeting in Barcelona with creative leaders from across the company. It was there I met Karl Magnus Troedsson, the GM of DICE, for the first time, and we immediately began talking about games – I’ve always loved Battlefield and KM was a huge fan of Dead Space, which I was working on at the time. We started talking about different ways we could work together, different ways we could take Battlefield and action games in a new direction. It was then that this project that became Battlefield Hardline was born.
There’s been a lot of buzz today about Battlefield Hardline – we’re getting ready for E3 and fans found some details on our website about what we’re working on for the show. We’ve been reading all of your comments and we’re excited to be going into more detail soon on the ways we’re adding new twists and turns to the foundation of Battlefield multiplayer and more about how we’re bringing our strengths at Visceral to single player.
I hope you’ll join us for the official world premiere on June 9 at Noon PDT, and sign up for updates on the new game at our website.
CD Projekt RED will unveil the next step in GOG.com’s development, deliver details on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preorders, and share news on The Witcher: Adventure Game, during livestreamed event in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 5 at 11.00 AM PDT (2:00 PM EDT; 6:00 PM GMT)!CD PROJEKT RED and GOG.com Summer Conference Invitation — 32”
CD Projekt RED, the studio behind the Witcher games, and GOG.com, the DRM-free online distributor of all that is good in gaming, have plenty good news to share!
During the livestream Marcin Iwinski and his team will present, among other topics:
• New Gameplay Footage from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
• Exciting New Announcements regarding The Witcher: Adventure Game
• Exclusive GOG.com Wild Hunt Preorder Details
• Unveiling of GOG.com’s new technology taking the platform to the next level
Valve (makers of Portal, Half-Life, and Steam video-game servcie), has delayed the launch of its first pieces of hardware, pushing the release window of its Steam Machines and Steam controller into 2015. See their official statement below.Statement | Valve
We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
Obviously we’re just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands. But our number one priority is making sure that when you do, you’ll be getting the best gaming experience possible. We hope you’ll be patient with us while we get there. Until then, we’ll continue to post updates as we have more stories to share.
As always, we love getting feedback on the Steam Machine and Steam controller from the community. After all, you’re the people we want to be happiest when we release them.
Feel free to continue posting your thoughts and suggestions to the Steam Universe discussion group.
Today Tango Gameworks revealed that The Evil Within will be available in North America on October 21, 2014, in Australia on October 23, 2014, and throughout Europe on October 24, 2014. Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks have asked for additional time to further balance and refine the game in order to deliver the polished, terrifying pure survival horror experience they set out to create.
The Evil Within | Terrified Trailer — 1’08”
Tango Gameworks also announced The Evil Within’s pre-order incentive – The Fighting Chance Pack. The Fighting Chance Pack provides players with a handful of additional items that may help them stave off death for a moment longer.
The Fighting Chance Pack includes
• Medical Kit – A vital health enhancement to enable Sebastian to fight on.
• Green Gel – Used to upgrade Sebastian’s attributes.
• Double Barrel Shotgun and Three Shells - A larger and more formidable shotgun than the regular shotgun, it’s useful for tight situations with multiple encroaching enemies.
• An Incendiary Agony Bolt – Capable of showering nearby enemies with damaging fire sparks.
• A Poison Agony Bolt – Will draw enemies towards it and poison them, allowing Sebastian time for a quick escape
Warriors Orochi 3 or better yet known as Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate was released in Japan last year on September 26, 2013. Fans of the Warriors Series wanted to know ever since it was release in Japan when it would get localized. This particular game took so long to get announced for localization we kind of gave up hope adding it to the many expansion versions of games never released overseas. But just recently announced a couple of days ago Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate will be getting localized overseas. It is good to know people that like this genre don’t have to worry about Warriors games eventually not ever coming out outside of Japan. And just like the recently announced Samurai Warriors 4 this game is also getting a next gen version. No new additions to this version as far as we know but the new additions to previous release of Ultimate will indeed be present which included the 5 new characters with 3 of the characters being crossover characters Sopithia from Soul Calibur, Kasumi from Dead or Alive 5 and Sterkenburg Cranach from Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland. Warriors Orochi 3 is set to release this Fall 2014 for the Ps3, Ps Vita, Ps4 and also Xbox One.
Watch_Dogs | Launch Trailer — 1’50”
Bronze Trophies & Achievements
Using non-lethal takedown, stop 10 civilians from calling to report you
Complete the final mission of the Missing Persons Investigation
Use the Crime Detection System to take down 20 confirmed criminals
►Escape Loop | PlayStation Exclusive
Escape 15 police chases
Perform 10 vehicle take downs
Take down Maurice
Kill 4 enemies within a single instance of Focus
Participate in 5 different City Games
Complete the final mission in the QR Code Investigation
►Revoking Client Privileges
Complete the final mission in the Human Traffic Investigation
Collect all 8 Burner Phones
►Saturday Night Special
Complete the final mission in the Weapons Trade Investigation
Complete level 10 against all 3 Drinking Game opponents
Complete 10 Public Online Races
Silver Trophies & Achievements
Complete every Gang Hideout
►Black Hat Trick
Kill 3 enemies with a single IED
Tag 100 enemies
Unlock every ctOS Tower
►Disk Space Full
Unlock every song with the SongSneak app
►End of Line
Complete 40 Fixer Contracts
Escape a level 5 police chase
Check in at every Hotspot
Invade and successfully hack 10 enemy Fixers in Online Hacking
Shoot out a tire on 15 different vehicles
Complete every Privacy Invasion
Invade and successfully observe 10 enemy Fixers in Online Tailing
Complete every Criminal Convoy
Escape a level 5 police scan
Complete an Online Tailing without being detected
Complete every ctOS Breach
►They Call Him The Vigilante
Complete every Investigation
►White Rabbit Object
Escape 15 police scans
Gold & Platinum Trophies & Achievements
Unlock every Skill in the Skills Tree
This is the platinum trophy and is unlocked automatically when all the trophies have been unlocked.
Secret Trophies & Achievements | 6 Hidden — Invisible Below!
Complete Act 1
Complete Act 5
►One Down, One to Go
Complete Act 3
Get tailed 5 times
Complete Act 4
►Who Is Raymond Kenney?
Complete Act 2
Sony has teased a sneak peek of The Order: 1886 on their Twitch Stream account and they have delivered on that promise. View new gameplay footage below!The Order: 1886 | Gameplay (PS4 Twitch Stream) [Choppy, but Longer] — 3’35”
[UPDATE] New Direct-Feed Screenshots | Comparison of Old Build vs. New Build Below